Women and Girls Choose: Cash Assistance in GBV Case Management Saves Lives
As part of a coordinated response to gender-based violence (GBV), UNFPA and its partners provide a structured GBV case management process to survivors that can include referrals to medical, legal and other specialised services. This process provides a follow-up to challenges that a survivor may be facing, but these services may come with a cost that can be a barrier for survivors, such as transport, legal, or specialised medical costs. To address these barriers, UNFPA colleagues have integrated life-saving cash assistance into survivors’ case action plans. Cash is dignifying, discreet, and flexible, helping survivors to escape violence and violent relationships, seek emergency medical care, secure temporary shelter, and buy food and other essentials for themselves and their children. UNFPA is continually refining its approach based on feedback from cash recipients, their case managers, and implementing partners in the field. This document presents key insights and knowledge gained from these efforts.