This brief explores the local response to domestic violence through building local research capacity, with a focus on mitigating domestic violence risks. The brief offers policy recommendations guided by insights from various actors from the local community on their perceptions of domestic violence. To gain insight into the community perspectives, ARRD collaborated with 11 civil society organizations from the Jordan National NGO Forum (JONAF) Coalition and provided various training to prepare them to launch this research and build a common understanding of gender-based violence and how to address it.
The study shed a light on the lack of awareness concerning the topic of domestic violence within the local communities, where the perception of domestic violence is limited to its physical form. This lack of knowledge often leads individuals to be unaware or in denial when facing domestic violence often justifying other forms of domestic violence as lesser, indicating a need to raise awareness on the different forms of domestic violence. The study also identified the local perspective towards the various needs of domestic violence survivors focusing on rehabilitation and empowerment. The participant emphasized the importance of better understanding the needs of domestic violence survivors and means of addressing them.
The brief suggested policy recommendations including
Ensure a participatory approach to the identification of services offered to survivors that should be reviewed regularly
Build economic empowerment in a vision of mitigating domestic violence, taking into account the local perspective. While addressing the need of raising awareness about domestic violence
This brief comes as part of a series of Women Advocacy Issues policy briefs ARDD is producing within the framework of the project “Strengthening the Capacities of Women-led CSOs in Evidence-Based Advocacy and Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Agenda” supported by UN Women with the generous funding of the governments of Canada, Finland, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Cyprus. ARDD acknowledges the support of the women-led civil society partners involved in the project implementation and thanks to the representatives of the organizations for their meaningful contribution.