Last Friday CBS hosted a seminar on the CBSP-NSCR research project ‘Breaking the cycle of violence: Potential of Community Based Sociotherapy Program in Rwanda’. NSCR is an acronym for the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement. The research was funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research – WOTRO Science for Global Development. Its objective was “To evaluate how and to what extent the community-based sociotherapy in Rwanda affects family relationships and children’s upbringing and potentially prevents or breaks a cycle of violence.”
The ‘WOTRO research’ was conducted in Rwanda between July and December 2016 by a team of Rwandan researchers and data collectors in collaboration with the Dutch researchers from NSCR. The seminar was one of the last steps in the research trajectory aimed to present the research to the CBS staff and receive their feedback on the framing of the research and themes emerging from the research, as an input for further data analysis. Two of the three Dutch researchers participating in the seminar presented respectively on 1) the theoretical background of the cycle of violence coupled with findings of Dutch research on that cycle and 2) research on intergenerational transmission of violence and resilience in Burundi. Both research experiences had provided some of the building blocks of the set-up of the research in Rwanda. The two presentations provoked a lot of discussion.
Image 1: Cycle of violence: Criminology theories
and research findings by Dr. Veroni Eichelsheim.
Image 2. Dr. Lidewyde Berckmoes presenting on
“Intergenerational Transmission of Violence and
Resilience in Burundi.”
In the afternoon session Theoneste Rutayisire, the project coordinator in Rwanda, presented on the ‘WOTRO research’ itself and the data collectors each on one of the case studies they had collected. In between, the third Dutch researcher, Dr. Barbora Hola, shared a model explaining the impact of mass violence and its aftermath on family functioning and child development.
The day left the participants with many questions more questions than they started the day with, but also shed lights on what staff of CBSP encountered during their work in the field.
The animated discussions did not enough leave time for a reflection on the implications for CBS of what was presented and discussed during the day. That reflection was adjourned to a later date.
Image 3. Post Doc Researcher Theoneste Rutayisire
presenting the WOTRO research and some of the
In the same framework the team from the Netherlands also visited sociotherapy graduate groups. Through interviews with both graduates and sociotherapists they gained new insights that will help them in the data analysis. In their own words: “Talking to the people made us more in tune with the reality of the situation in which the research respondents live and in which research data were obtained, which will enrich the data analysis.”