Sexual and reproductive health

Preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women

Taking action and generating evidence

World Health Organization and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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Publication details

Number of pages: 94
Publication date: 2010
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
ISBN: 978 92 4 156400 7


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This document aims to provide sufficient information for policy-makers and planners to develop data-driven and evidence-based programmes for preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women.

  • Chapter 1 outlines the nature, magnitude and consequences of intimate partner and sexual violence within the broader typology of violence.
  • Chapter 2 identifies the risk and protective factors for such violence and the importance of addressing both risk and protective factors in prevention efforts.
  • Chapter 3 summarizes the scientific evidence base for primary prevention strategies, and describes programmes of known effectiveness, those supported by emerging evidence and those that could potentially be effective but have yet to be sufficiently evaluated for their impact.
  • Chapter 4 presents a six-step framework for taking action, generating evidence and sharing results.

In the closing section, several future research priorities are outlined and a number of key conclusions drawn.