Faith Kabafumu, the OC in charge of the Child Protection Unit, says that children are the most affected in these cases. She says that the COVID-19 lockdown has exposed children to a risky lifestyle and to offenders who usually take advantage of their age and domestic challenges.
There is a spike in cases of domestic violence in Bundibugyo
District, which has triggered concern among local authorities. Statistics
gathered by Bundibugyo District Child and Family Protection Unit shows that 237
cases of domestic violence took place between January and June.
The unit reported 485 cases of domestic violence
in the 2019/2020 financial year alone. This is in addition to 263
cases of child neglect and 48 cases of defilement. According to the records,
436 cases were resolved through courts of law and mutual agreements.
Information from police shows that they registered recorded 103 cases of child neglect and 21 cases of defilement from 327
families between January and June this year. Faith Kabafumu, the OC in
charge of the Child Protection Unit, says that children are the most affected
in these cases.
She says that the COVID-19 lockdown has exposed
children to a risky lifestyle and to offenders who usually take advantage of
their age and domestic challenges.
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Kabafumu says her office expects the numbers to increase,
as more people get distressed. He, however,
says that none of the cases has reached court because of the lockdown.
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The District Probation Officer, Grace Pamela says
the lockdown and its after-effects that include loss of jobs is likely to
further fuel the already high cases of domestic violence. She says
they found out that poverty and disagreements over property ownership are
contributing greatly to domestic conflicts.
He says that
the district is relying on the efforts of Non-governmental organizations and
volunteers to raise awareness against GBV due to the absence of adequate
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Christine Atukunda, who works with the Agency in
Co-operation for Research and Development ACORD, a local NGO empowering young
women and girls, says that they are worried that culprits are likely to
walk court-free due to the lockdown restrictions.
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Bundibugyo District Education Officer-DEO, Justus
Bithaghalire, says that the conflicts among parents directly have an impact on
their children, which force some of them to flee from home. Jane Asiimwe from Humya trading centre attributes
the current conflicts to financial challenges.
She argues that once couples fail to meet their
day-to-day needs, they begin accusing each other of petty issues, which often
escalate into violence.