What works to prevent violence against women and girls? State of the field of violence against women and girls: What do we know and what are the knowledge gaps?

Abstract

This paper focuses on physical and sexual intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence and child abuse, as the most common forms of violence against women and girls globally. The paper aims to:

  • Summarize the existing literature on the scale, scope and nature of intimate partner violence, non-partner rape and child abuse
  • Summarize the existing literature on the links between structural, economic, political, community, relationship and individual factors and the prevalence of partner violence, non-partner rape and child abuse
  • Identify the gaps in understanding related to the factors that influence prevalence of violence against women and girls
  • Discuss the implications for primary prevention interventions; and
  • Outline a suggested research agenda and propose a set of analyses to be incorporated into the research plan of Component 1 of the What Works Programme

Citation

Heise, L.; Fulu, E. What works to prevent violence against women and girls? State of the field of violence against women and girls: What do we know and what are the knowledge gaps? Medical Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa (2014) 44 pp.

What works to prevent violence against women and girls? State of the field of violence against women and girls: What do we know and what are the knowledge gaps?

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