Abuse Relief Corps’ founder Robyn Ern, resides in California and has lived in Ghana for 16 years. He knows firsthand the struggles and abuses women and children face and vowed to make a difference. His motivation was personal, having been a teacher in Ghana and upon learning one of his former students had been raped, he flew back to seek justice. He experienced a path of many obstacles in getting her help, a system which is complex and expensive for the victim and full of loopholes for holding the perpetrator accountable. Most victims weren’t receiving any justice and many were not being relieved from their abusive situations.
Through establishing strong community partnerships, working closely with the local law enforcement, school systems, and doing outreach in the community ARC and its staff have made a huge step in closing the gap between victim and justice/relief. The NGO is donor-funded. With signatories and stakeholders in multiple regions, Abuse Relief Corps is becoming the country’s most effective avenue for action in ensuring accountability for the criminals involved in incidents of abuse, as well as providing access to the care needed for the victims. Abuse Relief Corps works closely with the Ghana Education Department and brings abuse awareness seminars to schools across the nation. Through preparative education, victim support, and assailant accountability, ARC aims to curb the pandemic of abuse.