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Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence

Through the ABA ROLI-led Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) consortium funded by the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Women's Issues, between 2020 – 2022, ABA ROLI supported civil society-led efforts to improve access to survivor-centered GBV services for women and girls in Jordan.

The program delivered training, workshops, and mentoring to GBV caseworkers in a range of areas including safeguarding and case management. Legal service providers participated in training on trauma-informed lawyering and formed a community of practice to support peer learning advising and representing clients in cases of intimate partner violence. A key achievement of the project was strengthening networks of GBV service providers, increasing referrals, and strengthening survivor access to services.

The program also supported direct service delivery, with over 1,200 women receiving services during the life of the project. Partners were introduced to social behavior change communication approaches and co-created a multi-media outreach campaign to encourage help-seeking behavior among those experiencing GBV. Recognizing the impact of the work on GBV caseworkers’ mental health, the program designed and delivered psychosocial support sessions, introducing participants to stress management techniques such as visualization, meditation, and breath work. Speaking about the sessions, one caseworker said: “The reflection sessions for us case workers have changed my life. I now have tools to use in my daily life that make me more resilient and make me a better case worker for survivors. I wish these sessions could continue regularly."