SBC Journal Club - How the REAL Fathers Initiative Reduced Domestic Violence in Northern Uganda
During this one-hour Journal Club, Kim Buttonow, Specialist for Social and Behavioral Change with the TOPS Program and Food for the Hungry, will discuss an evaluation of the REAL Fathers initiative, a program that addresses harmful child discipline in Northern Uganda. Violence against women and violence against children in Uganda are recognized as significant public health concerns. Exposure to violence at home as a child can increase the likelihood of perpetrating or experiencing violence later in life. The REAL Fathers Initiative is designed to reduce child exposure to violence in the home by changing the behavior of young fathers through pairing them with a mentor in order to break the cycle of intergenerational violence. Evaluation results comparing survey data among men exposed to the intervention and those unexposed demonstrate significant reductions in IPV at end line and over the longer term follow-up and significant reductions in physical child punishment at long-term follow-up.