The National Data on the prevalence of SGBV presents a grim picture. Indeed, the incidence of SGBV has attained endemic proportions. According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in 3 women is at risk of SGBV in Kenya, while 18 per cent of young boys are at risk. Recognizing the unique challenges in handling cases related to SGBV, the Judiciary has taken a bold step forward by establishing the specialized SGBV Courts.
The establishment of these courts is a testament to our resolve to address this deeply rooted issue. They are uniquely designed to handle the delicate nature of SGBV-related cases, a much-needed departure from the traditional approach which has often led to re-traumatization of victims. These courts embody a trauma-informed approach that prioritizes the victims’ safety, dignity, and privacy.
The SGBV Courts are staffed with specially trained judicial officers. These judicial officers have been trained on the intricacies related to SGBV, including survivors’ needs and are equipped to handle the complexities of such cases with utmost sensitivity.
The country-wide roll-out of these courts as planned under the STAJ SGBV Strategy has begun in earnest, with operations already underway in hotspot areas including Mombasa, Siaya, and Kisumu counties.