KENYA. Nakuru: Gender-based violence cases have been on the rise in Kenya, particularly during this COVID-19 pandemic.
With cases of domestic violence dominating both local and international media houses, the country is in dire need of intervention.
Speaking to Transcontinental Times, Eunice Onjwanga, a Counseling Psychologist is worried about the position the country currently is in.
”We are seeing so much is happening, not just to the adults but to children as well. We are seeing a lot of killings and suicide cases.”
Domestic GBV Cases At Home
Domestic cases in homes have become the new normal, making women more vulnerable hence unable to undertake simple tasks in their homes.
”At times it can be so overwhelming and somebody feels helpless and hopeless. It becomes very difficult to do simple tasks that one used to do.”
According to the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, there has been a global upsurge of domestic cases.
For many women and girls, the threat looms largest in their homes where they should be safest.
Gender-based violence has torn the country apart, survivors are no longer seeking help due to the normalization of this igneous act.
”At times, accessing help becomes a problem, if I cannot breath, how can I access help, how can I even reach out to my family member?” Onjwanga added.
Reports indicate that close relatives have turned against their relatives.
Threatening words from perpetrators makes it difficult for survivors to raise an alarm.
Vicarious trauma and other forms of disorders have all emerged due to lockdowns and curfew time across the country.
Women’s Rights and freedoms are strong resilient to a better society and to reduce this problem, every citizen has to value human dignity.
As Onjwanga says, the only way a country can be termed healthy is through its citizens being mentally stable.
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”Its time we begin looking at mental health issues more serious and it needs to be mainstreamed across every sector,” she said.