ABAAD, through the support of the European Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Norwegian Church Aid, and ARK, has developed the Gender-Based Violence Case Management in Emergency Settings Online Learning Course, an online platform for training on gender equality and holistic care for survivors of gender-based violence, especially in emergencies. Holistic care, or case management, is an empowering approach that provides GBV survivors with multi-sectoral services that include healthcare, mental and psychosocial care, safety, legal aid, guidance, socio-economic empowerment, listening, counseling, referral, as well as other contextual aspects. The course is open to social workers, rights activists, and anybody planning to use the training as a means to provide support or referral to GBV survivors and/or advance gender equality, women’s empowerment, and women’s human rights.
The online course modules have been created by Dr. Jean Kors, inspired by numerous global resources and the Lebanon National Technical Taskforce GBV Case Management Curriculum developed by Dr. Lina Abirafeh. All rights are reserved to ABAAD and the author.
Familiarise participants conceptually with key issues regarding gender and equality
Provide participants with knowledge and tools that enhance their skills to provide better care to GBV survivors
Module One aims to explain the difference between "sex" and "gender" and clarify women and men’s roles and the relationship that organises the power relations between them. Participants will also learn how imbalanced gender roles, relations and hegemonic masculinities, gender discrimination, and inequalities have led to a wide gender gap in areas mainly related to education, health, economy, and politics. Moreover, the module covers the topic of human rights as universal guarantees protecting individuals and groups against actions which interfere with fundamental freedoms and human dignity.
This Module tackles the subject of gender-based violence to explain all sorts of harm targeting individuals or groups on the basis of their gender, mainly due to social misinterpretations of gender roles, relations, identity, and power inequities. The Module also elaborates on different strategies that aim at strengthening legal and policy frameworks to prevent violence and at providing quality response services to mitigate the suffering of GBV survivors.
The Third Module paves the road to the next three modules and introduces the Holistic Care Approach, also known as Case Management (CM). Participants will learn how the Holistic Care Approach provides a set of structured and collaborative methodologies which aim to manage efforts that address an individual GBV survivor’s specific needs and provide them with contextual, responsive, and assistive services. Participants will also learn that the Holistic Care Approach integrally aims at empowering GBV survivors and building their awareness and knowledge in order to enable them to understand their options better and accordingly act with informed decisions.
The most appropriate methodology to provide proper and responsive support services to GBV survivors and meet their needs effectively can only be accomplished through adequate assessment of their conditions and planning for tailored support interventions. The Fourth Module clarifies how to conduct a comprehensive assessment that provides in-depth investigation and analysis to find answers to address a survivor’s problems on one hand, while on the other design a plan of action that will form the basis of a responsive care intervention that aims at supporting the survivor, mitigating their suffering and empowering them to overcome their ordeal.
Once a care plan is put into action, "Implementation" begins; however, it is very rare for any plan to go exactly as originally designed. In fact, it is not uncommon for a plan to take on a direction and a momentum that was completely unanticipated during planning. This Fifth Module explains how to establish implementation and follow up controls over a survivor’s care plan to ensure that it stays on track towards the achievement of the agreed-upon results and outcomes.
The Sixth Module highlights the need and means for conducting reviews for ending services when the outlined plan goals have been met: the GBV survivor is safe from harm and there are no additional concerns. Participants will also discover that reviews provide learning lessons to improve future planning and implementation processes. Moreover, this final Module will elucidate the need for setting up a safe and secure "Documentation System" for recording and archiving of all material documenting each survivor’s experience during all six stages of Holistic Care.