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The Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC was established in 2000 as one of the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Councils’ (CIMC) sectoral committees. The mandate of the committee is to work towards eliminating occurrence and suffering from physical, sexual and psychological violence within families by implementing the FSVAC integrated Long Term Strategy.
Long Term Strategy
Family and sexual violence problems need an integrated multi-sectoral approach. All sectors of society are expected to play a part in the implementation of the long-term strategy. The strategy breaks the approach into 7 focus areas:
• Focus Area 1: Institutional Framework
To strengthen the organizational structure and capacity of institutions to prevent and respond to
Family and Sexual Violence (FSV)
• Focus Area 2: Advocating for Access to Formal and Traditional Justice
To ensure access to justice for survivors of Family and Sexual Violence through effective
interventions within formal and traditional justice systems.
• Focus Area 3: Services to Victims and Survivors
To provide quality, coordinated services for adult and child survivors of Family and Sexual
• Focus Area 4: Men and Boys as Champions and Partners against Violence
To engage men and boys as champions and partners with women and girls against violence and
toward gender equality.
• Focus Area 5: Community Prevention and Response
To actively engage villages and communities to prevent and respond to FSV.
• Focus Area 6: Prevention of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children
To reduce the incidence of child prostitution, child pornography, child sex tourism, early
marriage and trafficking of women and children.
• Focus Area 7: Monitoring, Evaluation and Research
To increase understanding of and increase quality programming on Family and Sexual Violence
through monitoring, evaluation and research.
ROLE OF THE COMMITTEE
The role of the FSVAC is to liaise, coordinate and network between collaborating agencies to ensure that partners are implement the activities under the Long Term Strategy.
Family Violence is often referred to as the intention
WHAT IS FAMILY AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE?
Family Violence is often referred to as the intention of a person using violence to exert power and control to ensure what is convenient, useful and functional to them. The intention can be to harm or intimidate in order to control Family violence involve behavior toward other members of one's family including by marriage or blood ties, de-facto relationships of similar nature to those such as step parents to step children, adopted parents and to adopted children. Usually, the person using violence is already in a position of greater power and those being violate or controlled have less power to resist or remove themselves from the situation. Family Violence can assume a number of forms:
Physical violence involves attached on or threats of attacks on one’s physical safety and integrity—hitting, kicking, punching and assault with weapons even murder. It can involve harm or threat to harm children, relative, pets and possessions.
This behavior does not accord importance and respect to another person’s feeling and experiences. It involves refusal to listen to or denial of other feelings, blaming or punishing them for how they feel, ridicule, shame, and forcing others to support their point of view to avoid conflicts.
This includes verbal put-downs and ridicule of any aspect of a person’s being, such as their body, beliefs, occupation. Cultural background, skills, friends and family.
This includes all sexual behaviour without consent or threat of such behavior, such as unwanted touching, rape, incest, exposing oneself or making another expose to them, making him/her view pornography, expecting to have sex as a form of reconciliation after one has been beaten especially when one is unable to withhold consent because of fear of further violence.
This behavior limits control or interferes with the person’s social activities or relationships with others, such as controlling is/her movements and denying them access to family and friends.
This includes not giving woman access to shared resources, expecting her to manage the household on impossibly low amount of money, and criticize and blame her when she is unable to.
This includes all behavior which denigrates a person’s religious or spiritual beliefs, preventing them from attending religious gatherings or practicing their faith. It also includes harming or threatening to harm men, women or children in religious or cult rituals.
Domestic Violence, which includes child abuse, has been ignored as a major problem until recently and remains poorly understood, although it is a complex problem impacted upon by multiple variables. There is little chance of preventing domestic violence as long as it is condoned as accepted behavior by the public and institutions.
Domestic violence prevention plays an important role in crime prevention, because not only is abuse a criminal activity, children who witness violence or are abused are at great risk of engaging in anti-social and criminal behavior in later life.
Let’s all work tighter to build stable societies from stable homes and strong families because the strength of a nation is dependent on the strength of all its citizens working towards establishing and building strong, stable and progressive families.
All provincial groups or committees will follow the strategy however; prioritizing of the activities will be dependent upon the needs of each individual.