Inter-Organizational Communication and Enforcement Activities in Gender-Based Violence Countermeasures

Oleh :
Ismi Dwi Astuti Nurhaeni - 196108251986012001 - Fak. ISIP

Although gender-based violence is no longer a new issue, the number and intensity tend to increase instead. Indonesia is one of the developing countries with high-leveled gender-based violence. Indonesia’s government has attempted various attempts to overcome it by involving a number of NGOs and forming service-providing partner institutions. To make Indonesia succeed in actualizing “zero violence” policyinterorganizational communication and enforcement activities between partner institutions and government’s institutions are absolutely needed. The article studies the extent of inter-organizational communication and enforcement activities between partner institutions and government institutions in overcoming genderbased violence. The research was conducted in Sragen regency, Indonesia. The primary data were obtained from the interviews with key informants, namely those in the institutions providing accompaniment to gender-based violence victims, particularly Aliansi Peduli Perempuan Sukowati(Alliance of Women-
Care Sukowati) of Sragen regency and the government institutions handling gender-based violence. The secondary data were obtained from policy documents and the data of gender-based violence victims. The data were analyzed qualitatively by using Miles and Huberman’s model whereas the categorizing of interorganizational
communication and enforcement activities refers to Van Horn and Van Meter’s implementation theory. The research result finds that inter-organizational communication and enforcement activities between the partner institutions and government’s institutions in coping with gender-based violence has not been maximally carried out. Although the standard and goal of the program have been understood by the responsible individuals, there is still difficulty in its implementation. Due to the hierarchical power the officials and the institutions handling the gender-based violence make the execution mechanism and the institutions’ procedures in handling gender-based violence hindered. Meanwhile the countermeasure of gender-based violence requires consistent actions with standards and objectives (either between the
superior and subordinate or between the partner institutions and the government). This is necessarily conducted since the countermeasures of gender-based violence must be urgent and quick. The lateness in handling such case can endanger the victim. Accordingly it is recommended to set up collegial relation in handling the case