When her husband found her near her new home, he threatened Millicent to return home. When she refused he poured acid over her left eye, permanently blinding her. She was found by her son and brought to the hospital, where she was referred to ActionAid’s Safe Shelter for women.
With the support of ActionAid, Millicent and her family finally began to feel safe. “ActionAid took care of me and accommodated me. They showed us love,” Millicent said.
While providing Millicent with a home and other social and trauma services, ActionAid also pursued Millicent’s court case against her husband, ultimately resulting in his conviction and a six-year prison sentence.
Millicent is not alone. In Uganda, nearly half of women who have been married say they are afraid of their current or former partner. Many women feel alone and unsafe in their homes and struggle to get legal justice on their own.
“If I had known about ActionAid during the first case of domestic violence, I don’t think I would have reached the extent of him pouring acid on me, because when you are an individual, it is very hard to pursue these cases in courts of law,” Millicent said. “But when organisations like ActionAid come up, and stand with us, who can’t stand on our own, in most cases, we get our cases resolved and win.”