Reducing and Mitigating the Psychological Impact of Survivors of Gender-Based Violence and Non-GBV Cases

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Mele Beneficiaries

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Female Beneficiaries

The Family Counselling and Development Foundation (FCDF)  is the first national organization which applied a unique assistance using the toll-free helpline (136) in Yemen provided by the Yemeni governorate which allows any beneficiary to receive the psychosocial support through phone calls. The helpline service has proven its importance as women can receive the right counselling while they are at home, without knowledge of the man and also with no need to go out. The confidentiality policy that governance the FCDF’s work in counselling including protecting the caller’s identity has built a satisfactory and trust relation between women and the FCDF.

FCDF proposed cooperation will address the needs of S/GBV survivors from all age groups in Yemen (Sana’a) with ability to provide services beyond Sana’a governorate through the mobile team.

   For the last three years, FCDF has provided social and psychological advice and consultations for around (25,027) GBV cases through helpline service, psychotherapy and social support. The beneficiaries have come from almost all governorates of the republic and been able to access and benefit from the services especially the helpline service. 

   The helpline service has revealed wide-spread of violence against women in Yemen. Since the service inaugurated, 80% of calls are from women and in most cases their complaints were related to violence against them by men whether directly or indirectly, although the service announcement was intended for providing psychological consultations in general. Furthermore, it has been observed that many of the female students at the universities have experienced sexual abuse during their life time including rape at different age stages.

   The activation of community outreach network through the mobile team and regular meetings with implementing partners and other organizations in addition to the awareness sessions will enhance the community-based protection and actively engaged the communities in prevention and response activities.

   The foundation is an independent body that does not follow any political affiliation although it has an extensive network of partners, NGOs, friends, and supporters across the country at many levels.

   Based on the FCDF experience, the helpline service has proven its importance as women can receive the right counselling while they are at home. It has been noticed that adults, especially mothers, are likely to take advantage of the helpline during the morning time shift while their husbands are at work and their children are in schools. While youth are more likely to take advantage of the helpline during the afternoon hours (4-7 pm), when their parents are socializing or chewing Qat. More likely those adults take advantage of the evening period (after 7) when they start to feel depressed because of Qat affects. 

First Phase

Reducing the Psychological Impacts of Survivors of the GBV (Gender-Based Violence) Project June - December 2018:

GBV is one of the most important problems that many people suffer from in Yemen for the risks it has on the individual, the family and the community - especially with the lack of attention of the local authorities and non-governmental organizations before; until FCDF highlighted this problem and was started the implementation of the project Reducing the Psychological Impacts of Survivors of the GBV - funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) - for over a period of six months.

Despite the short duration of the project, the efforts of the Foundation have yielded and achieved great records providing various psychiatric services benefiting survivors of GBV.

Those records were a resounding success for the foundation as it was able to exceed the target set for the project.

The psychological services provided by the foundation over the six months was varied such as counseling through hotlines, specialized psychiatry and psychology, free medications, night-care, daycare, referral for additional services, and other services.

Psychological Counseling through Hotlines:

136 is a toll-free hotline set up by the foundation to provide psychological counseling to survivors of GBV, who are unable to go to psychiatric centers to receive treatment, and to mitigate the psychological impacts of the violence they have suffered.

The success rate, achieved by the foundation in this area during the six months, reached 115%, with a total of 6890 cases of beneficiary survivors, surpassing the target of 6,000 targeted survivors.

In July, the number of survivors of the GBV who received continuing counseling services through the hotlines was 288. The majority of them were women as they were 260 women and 26 girls, in addition to a man and a boy.

In August, there were 325 cases, 246 of them were women, 37 girls, 26 men, and 16 boys.

In September, there were 1346 cases, of which 974 were women, 154 were girls, 153 were men and 65 were boys.

In October, they numbered 2180, of which 1574 were women, 269 were girls, 242 were men and 95 were boys.

The survivors of violence high demand is due to receiving the continuous counseling services through the toll-free (Hotline 136). However, many still look at those who go to the psychiatrist or the psychologist for treatment as if they suffer from insanity and mental disorder.

Second Phase

“Reducing the Psychological Impacts of Survivors of the GBV (Gender-Based Violence) and Cases Affected by the Psychological Stress” Project - 2019

In the second phase of "Reducing the Psychological Impacts of Survivors of GBV (Gender-Based Violence) and Cases Affected by Psychological Stress " for the year 2019, FCDF achieved, during the first quarter, big numbers in providing of various and specialized psychiatric services, benefiting survivors of GBV.

Psychological Counseling through Hotlines

In the phone counseling, the success rate, achieved by the Foundation in this area during the first six months of the project, reached 109%, with a total of 5215 cases of survivors of GBV, surpassing the annual target of 4,800 survivor cases.

In January, the number of survivors of GBV who received continuing counseling services via the Hotline was 914. The lion's share was for women as their number was 706, 97 men, 76 girls, and 35 boys.

In February, there were 1116 cases, 893 of them were women, 92 were men, 89 were girls, and 42 were boys.

In March, there were 1115 survivors, 840 of them were women, 140 girls, 101 men, and 34 boys.

In April, there were 954 cases, 796 of them were women, 90 were girls, 51 men, and 17 boys.

In May, there were 610 cases, 513 women, 55 girls, 29 men, and 13 boys.

In June, there were 506 cases, of which 449 were women, 22 were men, 21 were girls, and 14 were boys.

Specialized Psychology and Psychiatry:

In this area, the Foundation has achieved record numbers during the first six months, with a success rate of 250%, a total of 1501 beneficiary cases in both branches of the foundation in Sana'a and Aden governorates. The number of beneficiaries exceeded the target of 600 beneficiary survivors.

In January, there were 320 cases in Sana'a branch, 303 of them were women, 13 girls, and 4 men.

In Aden branch, there were 72 cases in January, 64 of them were women, 5 men, 2 girls, and boys.

In February, Sana'a branch numbered 270 cases, 260 of them were women, 9 girls, and 1 man.

While in Aden branch, there were 53 cases in February, 33 of them were women, 10 men, 8 boys, and two girls.

In March, Sana'a branch numbered 230 cases, 218 of them were women and 12 were girls.

while in Aden branch during the same month, there were 48 cases recorded, 34 of them were women, 7 girls, 4 men, and 3 children.

In April, Sana'a branch numbered 195 cases, 188 of them were women and 7 men.

In Aden branch, there were 91 cases in April, 58 of them were women, 15 men, 9 girls, and 9 boys.

In May, the number of survivors in Sana'a branch reached 88, mostly women.

In Aden branch, there were 44 cases, 32 of them were women, 8 men, 3 boys, and 1 girl.

In June, there were 90 cases in Sana'a branch, 86 of them were women and 4 girls.

While in Aden branch, there were 22 cases, 11 of them were women, 9 men, a boy, and a girl.

Free Medications and Drugs

Many cases benefited from the free medication service provided by the Foundation. The cases received free medicines during the first six months of this year. More than 3506 cases in the branches of the foundation in Sana'a and Aden, exceeding the annual target of the set number of cases 2650, with a success rate of 133%.

In January this year, the number of beneficiaries receiving free medicines at Sana'a Branch was 579, of which 545 were women, 21 were girls, 5 were men, and 8 were boys.

While in Aden Branch, there were 125 cases, of which 111 were women, 11 were men, 2 were girls, and 1 was a boy.

In February, there were 590 cases in Sana'a, of whom 571 were women and, 19 were girls.

In Aden branch, there were 111 cases, of whom 76 were women, 23 were men, 7 were girls, and 5 boys.

In March, Sana'a branch numbered 571 cases, of whom 536 were women, 17 were girls, 15 were boys and, 3 were men.

In Aden Branch, there were 129 cases, of whom 101 were women, 14 men, 11 girls, and 3 boys.

In April, Sana'a branch numbered 489, including 482 women, 5 girls, and 2 children.

While in Aden branch, there were 132 cases, of which 96 were women, 27 men, 6 girls and, 3 boys.

In May, Sana'a branch numbered 356 cases, of which 345 were women and 11 girls.

In Aden branch, there were 76 cases, of which 55 were women, 17 men, 2 girls and, two children.

In June, Sana'a branch numbered 345 cases, of which 335 were women and 10 were girls.

While in Aden branch, there were 69 cases, of which 47 were women, 21 men, and one boy.

Night Care:

In Night Care service, the beneficiaries received hospitalization services for 27 cases in Sana'a out of the annual target of 60 cases, up to 45%. 6 of them received this service during January, 8 cases during February, 3 cases during March, 2 cases during April, 4 cases during May, and 4 cases also during June.

Referral for Additional Services:

During the first six months, 130 cases were referred to receive additional services in the Foundation's two branches in Sana'a and Aden, exceeding the annual target of 100 cases, with a success rate of 130%.

In January, the number of beneficiaries in Sana'a branch reached 3 cases all women.

In Aden branch, there were 16 beneficiaries, 13 of them were women, in addition to one man, one boy, and one girl.

In February, there were 18 beneficiaries in the Sana'a branch, 13 of them were women and 5 were girls.

While in Aden branch, there were 11 cases, all of them were women.

In March, there were nine cases in Sana'a, all of them were women.

While in Aden branch, there were also 9 cases, 6 of them were women, as well as one man, one boy, and one girl.

In April, there were 11 cases in Sana'a branch, all of them were women.

In Aden branch, there were 21 cases, including 15 women, 4 boys, and two men.

In May, there were nine cases in Sana'a, 8 of them were women, as well as one girl.

In June, there were 10 cases in Sana'a, all of them were women.

While in Aden, there were 13 cases, including 9 women, 3 men, and 1 boy.