Mutanana and Gasva
Greener Journal of Social Sciences Vol. 5 (4), pp. 082-088, October 2015
ISSN: 2276-7800 © 2015 GJSS
Manuscript Number: 081615118
Evaluation of Counselling Services Provided by the Victim Friendly Unit to Survivors of Rape in Hurungwe District, Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe
Ngonidzashe Mutanana1* Douglas Gasva2
1Part-time Lecturer, Department of Counselling, Faculty of Applied Social Sciences – Zimbabwe Open University. 2Quality Assurance Coordinator, Quality Assurance Unit, Zimbabwe Open University.
The study sought to find out the counselling services provided by the Victim Friendly Unit (VFU) in Hurungwe District of Mashonaland West Province in Zimbabwe. The researchers used the qualitative research paradigm which they found appropriate for it analyses information conveyed through language behaviour in natural settings. A sample of 10 survivor participants was identified from a population of 128 survivors that were offered counselling services by the Victim Friendly Unit in the year 2014. The study also comprised of 3 VFU officers and 3 key informants that were identified in government ministries. Convenience and purposive sampling were used in identifying the research participants. In-depth interviews, focus group discussions and observations were used as data gathering tools. Findings revealed that the community is satisfied with the counselling services offered by the V.F.U, though there is a challenge of shared confidentiality. The Unit is facing a challenge of office space and shelter to enhance their counselling services. The study also revealed that the community is happy with the justice delivery system, though there is a challenge of travelling from the rural community to the regional court which is located in another town. To this end, the researchers recommended that rape cases must only be handled with police officers who are trained in V.F.U issues, the government must direct more resources towards V.F.U activities and a regional court that deals with cases of rape must be created in Hurungwe District.
Key words: Counselling, Victim Friendly Unit, Survivor, Rape, Shelter, Justice.
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