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High level spousal violence recorded in IDP camps

Author : | Published: Thursday, January 15, 2015

A research has found that there is a high level of violence between young couples in the internally displaced people’s camps in South Sudan.

The research was conducted by the International Rescue Committee in AJuong Thok, Unity State, over the last one year.

It was found that 60% of women below 18 years are the most affected by the violence.

Women Protection and Empowerment Manager at IRC, Christiana Ghondo, says the main cause of the violence is unemployment.

The research also found that traditional believes are a contributing factor.

“Child mistreatment and Intimate Partner Violence (IVP) mostly happen at the same time and at home and have some risk factors,” Ms Ghondo.

The research also shows that family members in South Sudan don’t discuss their problems peacefully.

“So it will be good if we design programs that can actually look at both child mistreatment and IPV so that they are implemented at the same time,” she continued.

“Economic empowerment and gender discussion groups are very effective for mitigating violence against women and girls so it will be good if some combination of economic empowerment and social programing are used when trying to prevent and respond to IPV in conflict sittings.”

Intimate Partner Violence, IPV, is described as physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former intimate partner or spouse.

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