Effecting Change – Ensuring Access to Justice

8th November 2017

Our work in supporting access to criminal justice provision continues apace. In Jamaica, South Africa and Rwanda, we’re working with a range of civil society and criminal justice partners to ensure D/deaf children and young people are able to access criminal justice support when they experience stigma, abuse and discrimination. Support that will empower them to say ‘No!’ to abuse and to, quite simply, live safely and without fear…

We’re doing this through a multi-sectoral approach which appraises D/deaf children of their right to live free from abuse and exploitation; resources parents to embrace, communicate with and protect their D/deaf child; develops, implements and quality assures D/deaf aware and accessible criminal justice capabilities for responding to the consequence of abuse when things go wrong… This including the design, test and refinement of integrated clinical, social welfare and criminal justice pathways, which respond to the needs of D/deaf victims and survivors of abuse. Whether that abuse be physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect and whether the need is to disclose, access police support or secure sanctuary from violence…

A key driver for DeafKidz International is the need to address the endemic violence we see against D/deaf girls and young women. We’re doing this through creating attitudinal, systematic and procedural change…

Attitudinal – empowering D/deaf girls and young women to say ‘No More!’ No more intimidation, violence, sexual abuse, forced marriage, honour killings and more…

Systematic – getting protection and safeguarding agencies to see that their structures and systems need to be inclusive to the needs of D/deaf girls and young women; that clinical, social welfare and criminal justice pathways for victims and survivors of abuse need to be accessible…

Procedural – ensuring that established processes for responding to the disclosure of abuse are inclusive and that any subsequent actions – arrest and detention of the perpetrator – are sensitive to the protection needs of the D/deaf girl or young women concerned; mitigating any risk of secondary or further abuse…

None of this work is easy, but were committed to the long haul and to engineering change that is, both, evidenced and enduring.

In pursuit of the 2030 Agenda and Goal 16.2… We’re on it.


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