Sexual Violence Research Initiative

Contact Information


c/o Medical Research Council South Africa, Pte Bag x385

Pretoria, South Africa

Primary Contact

Elizabeth Dartnall

Type of Organization/Institute

Academic Institution

Mission Statement

In 2003, recognising the need for more research on sexual violence, especially in resource poor settings, the Global Forum for Health Research established the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI). The SVRI was initially hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) before moving to the Medical Research Council, South Africa in 2006. The SVRI is a global research initiative that aims to promote rigorous, priority driven research in the area of sexual violence, particularly in low and middle income countries. We are building an experienced and committed network of researchers, policy makers, activists and donors to ensure that the many aspects of sexual violence are addressed from the perspective of different disciplines and cultures. The SVRI believes that prevention efforts and service provision must be informed by sound research and evidence. The work of the SVRI is guided by a Coordinating Group of experts from different disciplines, networks of organisations on sexual violence and global regions.

Thematic Actions Group