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Gender-Based Violence Cases and Response at One-Stop Centers in Shinyanga Region, Tanzania

Betty David Mntambo
Shamsu Suleiman Bwikizo


This study sought to establish the perceptions of female survivors regarding the effectiveness of One Stop Centers (OSCs) in responding to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Shinyanga, Tanzania. Employing a cross-sectional design and mixed research method, the study surveyed 96 female GBV survivors through a questionnaire and key informant interviews. Quantitative data was analyzed using the SPSS software while thematic analysis analyzed the qualitative data. The findings reveal that sexual and physical violence are the common forms of GBV reported at the OSCs. In response, different services are offered at OSCs but the kinds of services offered at each center depend on the availability of staff, accessibility to OSCs, funding from partners and availability of testing equipment. Female survivors reported barriers to OSCs utilization, including low awareness, fear and stigma, protecting perpetrators and insufficient privacy. Shortages in staff, budget constraints and inadequate transportation emerged as significant challenges for OSCs. Increased government funding for OSCs and collaborative efforts among stakeholders are essential steps to fortify these canters and ensure they can adequately respond to the complex and sensitive nature of GBV.

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