Jumwa wants P3 Form issued free to victims of domestic violence

Tuesday, September 19th, 2023 08:40 | By
Jumwa wants P3 Form issued free to victims of domestic violence
Public Service and Gender CS Aisha Jumwa (right) with Nairobi Woman Rep Esther Passaris during the launch of National Protection Against Domestic Violence Rules in Nairobi, yesterday. PHOTO/ROBIN KISAVI

The government has launched a national plan to address domestic violence in the country as part of protecting the rights and wellbeing of every Kenyan.

Public Service, Gender and Affirmative Action Cabinet Secretary Aisha Jumwa yesterday said the P3 form should be issued free of charge to survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV).

The CS said that justice to GBV survivors begins at the police station and it is unacceptable that they are charged to get the P3 form, adding that there is need to create a society that rejects all forms violence and stands up for the rights and dignity of every individual.

“Our work is far from over and we must fill the gaps. The beginning of justice for our survivors is at the police. It is very sad that today, a survivor is required to pay between Sh1,000 and Sh3,000 to acquire a P3 Form,” said the CS.

Jumwa made the remarks yesterday when she launched the national Protection Against Domestic Violence (PADV) rules at a Nairobi hotel.

She was flanked by her Labor and Social Protection counterpart Florence Bore.

“Acquiring a P3 Form is the start of journey to justice to the survivors and if they are asked to pay the amount, depending on the police station where the survivors report, it is to re-victimize the person who is already victimized. I would request that this service be rendered free of charge,” she added.

Holistic support

According to the Judiciary, it is estimated that at least 10 per cent of the domestic violence cases reach the courts, with 11 hotspots being Nairobi, Kisumu, Siaya, Meru, Nakuru, Machakos, Mombasa, Kisii, Trans Nzoia, Kakamega and Kiambu.

Jumwa said PADV rules are designed to provide a robust legal framework that strengthens the support and protection mechanisms available to survivors of domestic violence.

The rules emphasize prevention, intervention and holistic support, reflecting a multi-sectoral approach that involves collaboration between government agencies, civil society organizations and the community.

Jumwa said the rules establish clear guidelines for obtaining protection orders, ensuring that survivors have access to swift and effective legal remedies.

The orders will prohibit the perpetrator from further acts of violence, safeguarding the safety and security of the survivor and any children involved.

She said the rules emphasize the importance of prevention and early intervention and highlight the need and responsibility by duty bearers to handle survivors with compassion, while also ensuring the perpetrators are held accountable for their actions.

“These rules underscore the importance of public awareness and community engagement. We must challenge the social norms and attitudes that perpetuate domestic violence even as the rule of law takes effect. Through targeted awareness campaigns, education initiatives, and community dialogues, we aim to foster a society that embraces equality, respect and non-violence,” she said.

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