Domestic Violence and MIFUMI's Theory of Change
MIFUMI’s take on domestic violence and abuse is guided by the MIFUMI Theory of Change and its six key pathways which address violence against women from a global perspective while addressing the local context and applying local solutions. MIFUMI recognises that actions against domestic violence is required simultaneously at all levels of pathways for a significant and sustainable impact to occur. Through this process women and girls have to remain at the centre of all action. For MIFUMI, the key pathways to change includes individual support, supporting and protecting women through women-centred services, lobbying district leaders and bringing about legislative change. Furthermore at MIFUMI we believe these local efforts have to be linked to national, regional and international action to address the global problem of violence against women. Read more about our domestic violence work.
What we do
MIFUMI’s priorities are constructed on the principle that genuine and sustainable development and community growth depends on an integrated intervention capability. Successful community initiatives must take account of the individual beneficiary needs as well as the wider contextual environment within which the issues of interest are occurring.
The first level of change we tackle operates on an individual and intimate level through individual protection. MIFUMI protects women by handholding and escorting women to the Police, local councillors, and to courts including clan courts, local council courts and courts of law. Women are also handheld during referrals to hospitals and clinics and other local authorities. The personalised advocacy ensures women are not intimidated by law enforcement officers and receive a positive experience and outcome of the case.
Survivor Centered Services
(setting up user-friendly women centered services to offer support and protection)
The second level of change we tackle operates on an individual and intimate level through setting up user-friendly survivor focused services to offer support and protection.
Supporting women and girls through women-centred interventions is crucial to addressing violence against women, enabling women and girls to be safe and to rebuild their lives in places of safety.
Advocacy + Lobbying District Leaders
The Theory of Change recognises that the state has a critical role to play in tackling violence against women and girls through the development and implementation of legislation and policy. Developing a positive legal and policy framework is a necessary first step but this also must be accompanied by well-resourced support structures to ensure effective implementation.
Domestic Violence Training
MIFUMI has developed Domestic Violence Training Manuals in The Companion series to harness and formally package our experience and knowledge as an effective tool for strengthening key services in response to women experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
Commitment to quality
As a charity we have worked for over 24 years to support women and children experiencing domestic violence. Over the years we have learnt to comprehend the depth and complexity in the needs of both women and their children, and so our domestic violence team have built in-depth knowledge regarding the dynamics of domestic violence and women’s broader experiences of gender based violence.