VAW Resources

Being a diverse and forward-thinking movement also means consistently seeking to understand and experiment with new ideas. The GBV Prevention Network, therefore, offers access to a wealth of compelling resources from both members and non-members. Here, you can keep up-to-date with thousands of the latest ideas and efforts being made to prevent VAW around the region. You can also share your own vision and practices, so others can learn from your experiences. We hope these materials will continue to expand our Network’s culture of learning!

Social Norms

In recent years the development community has witnessed an upsurge of interest in the role that social norms may play in perpetuating a host of harmful practices, especially practices affecting women and girls. There has long been interest in how deeply held beliefs, attitudes, and norms can justify male dominance and reinforce behaviour and institutions that discriminate again women. Despite this recognition, there has been little conceptual clarity about the distinctions between these various constructs or how they relate to actual practices such as female genital cutting, domestic violence, or early marriage. This reading pack is designed to help practitioners begin to understand these distinctions.

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Source: GDRSC Applied Knowledge Services

Authors: Lori Heisi and Karima Manji

Year of publication: 2016

GBV Prevention Network’s Thematic Working Group on Violence against Women in Emergencies

One of the best ways to improve response to violence against women (VAW) in emergencies and to reinforce community resilience to crises is to strengthen local actors’ capacity and access to resources. Building emergency preparedness capacity of local and national non-governmental organizations (LNGOs) to address the immediate protection needs of women and survivors of VAW, and in particular survivors of sexual violence, during conflict and other emergencies is critical.

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Source: International Rescue Committee and  GBV Prevention Network

Authors: IRC and GBV Prevention Network

Year of publication: 2015

Intimate partner violence and perinatal common mental disorders among women in rural Vietnam

Intimate partner violence against women (IPV) is regarded increasingly as a public health problem worldwide. This study examines the associations between different exposures to IPV and women’s mental health during pregnancy and after childbirth in rural Vietnam.

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Source: The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Year of publication: 2012

Systematic review of prevention and management strategies for the consequences of gender-based violence in refugee settings

A systematic review indicates that there is a dire need for accessible research that evaluates the efficacy and effectiveness of various GBV prevention and management strategies in displaced populations.

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Source: The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Year of publication: 2012