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[Photo: Noah Buscher/Unsplash] Written by Lisa Aronson Fontes, Ph.D. 6 ways to help someone who is a victim of their intimate partner You may have noticed that your friend is acting differently, and you suspect they are being controlled and maybe even abused by their intimate partner. Learn how you...
[Photo: Guy Oliver / Alamy Stock Photo] By Elizabeth Dartnall [1], Anik Gevers [1], Chandré Gould [2] and Angelica Pino [1] | 26 June 2020 1 Sexual Violence Research Initiative 2 Institute for Security Studies Reliable data is useful but the priority is ensuring survivors have access to high-quality...
[Photo: Institute for PR] By Chi-Chi Undie, Sanyukta Mathur, Nicole Haberland, Isabel Vieitez, and Julie Pulerwitz | Population Council | 26 June 2020 The place of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) data collection in the time of COVID-19 is the subject of closely-watched discourse. To collect...
An interview with Sylvia Namakula and Agnes Grace Nabachwa Healing and Resilience after Trauma (HaRT) is dedicated to holistic healing among women and girls who have experienced human trafficking and gender based violence. Our HaRT Yoga program uses mindfulness exercises, yoga and other movement act...
A growing number of news reports and commentaries from across the globe are shedding light on the possible rise in cases of violence against women (VAW) in the wake of COVID-19. This disease outbreak, unbeknownst to the world a few months ago, has been accompanied by various aggressive strategies to...
[Photo retrieved from Psychology Today] Written by Lisa Aronson Fontes Ph.D. Lonely in a pandemic, domestic violence survivors face difficult choices With the extreme stresses of COVID-19 and social distancing, it is easy to crave a relationship that will make all the pain go away. Some survivors of...
By Elizabeth Dartnall, Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) and Ellen Bates-Jefferys, Innovations for Poverty Action Research: Adapting Face to Face to Different Modalities of Data Gathering As women around the globe are increasingly quarantined, they are also exposed to increased risk of inti...
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Online safety in a changing world – COVID-19 and cyber violence By Lizle Loots [1], Elizabeth Dartnall [1] and Jocelyn Kelly [2] 1 Sexual Violence Research Initiative  2 Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Living in unprecedented times On 11th March 2020, the World Health Organization’s Director Gener...
[ UNICEF/UNI315905/@_girl_from_pluto; Sophia (@shots_by_sophia) is part of a small group of teen photographers with a shared thirst for new inspiration and the tenacity to continue documenting their lives with photographs. They used Instagram's messaging system to create ‘Covid-19 Photos For Teens’....
FIRST STEPS Martín Hernán Di Marco | National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina | March 30th 2020 It seems paradoxical that, as a researcher who specialises in conducting socio-anthropological research on violence (where talking about personal experiences is almost mandatory), it...
[Photo by IPPF/WHR] Written by Mariana Cruz Marueta 1, Ivon Silva Márquez 2 and Génesis Luigi 1  IPPF/WHR 1; Mexfam 2 “My dad controls and forbids many things to my mother; he wants to control everything. But their relationship is a good one. When they fight, they only yell at each other; there’s no...
Written by Lindsay Henson, Executive Director of Lawyers against Abuse (LvA), South Africa   In October 2019, I had the privilege of joining hundreds of researchers, government officials, and practitioners at the SVRI Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. Coming from a small non-profit organisation, my...
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Abusive and controlling partners often use "loving" acts to manipulate their victims. When intimidation, isolation, and even physical abuse no longer seem to be working, the abuser pulls out the wedding albums or acts charming and contrite to win the abused partner back. One former abuser, for insta...
Written by Jesus Hernandez, Ponce Health Sciences University Through the years of our lives we are acquiring new ways of living and new experiences that help us strengthen ourselves as human beings with a clear vision of what the next step will be in order to enlarge our purpose on Earth. Exactly, w...
Written by Dr. Godfrey Siu and Carolyn Namutebi, Child Health and Development Centre Makerere University The SVRI Forum 2019 has just ended in Cape Town. We were privileged to be among the over 700 delegates who participated in the highly interesting and sometimes emotional 5-day program that had be...
[Photo: GoJoven Honduras] Written by Emma Schlamm, The YTH Initiative of ETR  Everyone’s doing it. We’re talking about tech. The allure of technological solutions seems to permeate every sector, both public and private. Our lattes are made by robots, our doctors chat with us on FaceTime, and most re...
[Photo by Sarah Isaacs] In October 2019 I was lucky enough to be granted a bursary to attend the SVRI Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. I was not to be presenting at the event which removed some of the pressure that I might normally feel and afforded me the fantastic opportunity to learn about resea...
[Photo: Manuela Balliet with With young researchers at SVRI Forum 2019 ] Written by Manuela Balliet  When I landed in Cape Town international airport on a lovely night and heard my suitcase was delayed with no clear prospect of return, I was frustrated. A week before traveling, I had planned careful...
[Photo: Elizabeth Rojas, Send A Cow] Authors: Manuel Contreras-Urbina and Elizabeth Rojas 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Despite an increasing evidence base, the exact impact of economic empowerment programs on violence – and particularly on IP...
[Photo: SVRI Forum 2019] Written by Jaz Mann, DeafKidz International  Recently I had the privilege of attending the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum 2019 in Cape Town, for the first time. I’d like to begin by giving a special thanks to SVRI for facilitating my attendance at the confe...

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