SVRI Grant 2015

SVRI Grant 2015 is supporting research or research related activities that will strengthen the evidence base for the prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence in low and middle income countries.

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Successful SVRI Grant 2015 grantees are:

Candies in Hell +20: A Mixed-Methods Study on the Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls in León, Nicaragua: This project will document the history of violence prevention efforts in Nicaragua and assess their impact. They hypothesise a reduction in violence against women and girls in Nicaragua since 1995 study entitled "Candies from Hell". They will survey 1500 women in Leon, replicating this study. In addition, they will explore how different social and political forces may influence levels of violence. Read a summary brief on this study here.
Lead Agency: Global Women's Institute, The George Washington University, USA. 
Project PI: Dr, Mary Ellsberg

Living Peace: Evaluating the IPV Prevention Impact of an Intervention with Male Partners of Women Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Rape in the DRC: Through this project Promundo will undertake a qualitative, time-series evaluation study to assess the IPV prevention impact of a pilot-tested program targeting husbands of conflict-related rape survivors in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Henny Slegh and Marian Tankink wrote a blog on this study titled - when no one is looking: 3 years of healing in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read the blog here. A research paper on this study is available here, and a summary brief here.
Lead Agency: Promundo
Project PI: Henny Slegh

Understanding the connection between intimate partner violence and violence against children in families in Kampala, Uganda to inform primary prevention: This project, a collaboration between Raising Voices and Columbia University, aims to develop a context-specific understanding of how and why IPV and VAC are connected through a mixed-methods study of the inter-linkages between intimate partner violence and violence against children in Kampala, Uganda. Findings are expected to inform new program approaches to promote healthy, non-violent, and just relationships within families. The research findings are available here and here. View a poster  on this study and read a blog and summary brief. The research team presented a webinar in 2018, available here.
Lead Agency: Raising Voices, Uganda. 
Project PIs: Sophie Namy (Raising Voices) and Catherine Carlson (Columbia University)

The Evaluation of a Parenting Intervention to Prevent the Development of Aggression in Children in South Africa: This study aims to enhance and test a book sharing intervention so that it strengthens both child cognitive and socio-emotional development. Existing materials will be adapted to incorporate socio-emotional contents, which will then be tested with 140 carers with children aged 20-24 months.  The study will test whether an already effective intervention can also benefit the emotional and social development of children. Read the 2017 publication by the research team here and a summary brief here.
Lead Agency: Stellenbosch University, South Africa. 
Project PI: Prof Mark Tomlinson

Impact of a cluster randomized controlled trial (SAFE) in reducing violence against women and girls in urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh: Effective interventions to curb spousal VAWG remain a challenge due to paucity of evidence on what works. To address this gap, SAFE, a cluster randomized controlled trial of an integrated multi-sectoral (health and legal) and multi-tier (individual, group and community) intervention combining group sessions, community mobilization, and services to survivors implemented over a 20 month period between March, 2012 and October 2013 was carried out.  A policy brief presenting the main findings regarding SAFE'S impact on SVAWG and the pathways of change with specific recommendations for stakeholders has been published and available here. Read a summary brief on this study here. The research team published a paper in 2018, available here.
Lead Agency: International Centre for Diarrhoel Disease Research, Bangladesh
Project PI: Dr Ruchira Naved

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