Although domestic violence is often assumed to be violence against women, male victims and children continue to bear the brunt of violence in homes.
For instance, Sharon Lanwaka Head of Counseling at the Rehabilitation Centre for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence (RECEIVD) says this year alone 23% of cases they attended to were male clients, who have been driven to seek help after experiencing violence in their homes.
Lanwaka adds that 22% were defilement cases for children between the ages of 2 and 3. All children who were taken to the centre had been defiled by a person known to the family, an uncle, father or house help. On some occasions the perpetrators are female. She says.
Lanwaka notes that although Uganda has good laws to address the problem, implementation still remains a problem. She cites instances when the victim’s forensic examination files have disappeared and this denies the victim justice.
Even though there are efforts to curb domestic violence, Tina Musuya Executive Director Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) says that on average annually the government of Uganda uses 77 billion shillings towards addressing domestic violence.
According to Musuya cases of Domestic Violence can be addressed if the root causes of the problem are established.
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Musuya points out that while Uganda has made progress in providing legislation towards preventing domestic violence, some customary practices among the Uganda people contradict the country's laws against domestic violence.
But Evelyn Mulumba a Counselor with African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) says regrettably, children suffer from various kinds of abuse after families are broken due to domestic violence.
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It is estimated that more than half of Uganda women have suffered domestic violence at the hands of their intimate partners.