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Gap between survivors of sorcery and GBV in safe house

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Post Courier

Post Courier

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THERE is a gap between survivors of sorcery and domestic violence inside safe houses, a human rights defender said yesterday.

Yangga Treppe said while there has been no reports yet, from his observation, there is stigma and discrimination against survivors of sorcery accusation and related violence who are most times not given equal treatment and rights like other survivors.

SARV survivors are still accused of being Sangumas or practise witchcraft.

In a meeting with the management last week, an agreement was reached to have separate safe houses for survivors to avoid any misunderstanding.

Other issues raised included developing a referral process, identifying types of cases by each particular stakeholder, carry out more awareness on the types of services available, the need to set up an area peace committee and child protection solutions.