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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 can help.

Written by Elizabeth Dartnall (SVRI), Anik Gevers (SVRI), Chandré Gould (ISS) and Angelica Pino (SVRI).

The number of domestic violence cases reported to the South African police between March-April dropped by 69.4%. This figure makes it tempting to believe that in SA, unlike many other countries, lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic reduced family and domestic violence.

Written by Chi-Chi Undie, Sanyukta Mathur, Nicole Haberland, Isabel Vieitez and Julie Pulerwitz (Population Council).

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 (SGBV data), or not to collect?

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.

Written by Sangeeta Rege and Surbhi Shrivastava.

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.

Written by Lisa Aronson Fontes Ph.D.

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.

By Elizabeth Dartnall (SVRI) and Ellen Bates-Jefferys (IPA).

Advocacy and implementing organizations along with leaders around the world have worked tirelessly to shine a spotlight IPV during COVID19. As researchers, we are here to boost efforts and support tangible, positive change.

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Written by Lizle Loots (SVRI), Elizabeth Dartnall (SVRI) and Jocelyn Kelly (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative).

Online engagement is the new normal and the transition from in-person to online meetings has increasingly revealed the dark side of online communication tools. This blog post provides tips and resources contributed by multiple colleagues and donors to secure online events and manage risks while working online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Written by Alessandra Guedes, Amber Peterman, Dina Deligiorgis.

While the world may have been caught off guard by the size and ramifications of the COVID-19 crisis, it should be prepared to respond to the increased risks to the wellbeing and safety of children and women. Violence against children and violence against women are widespread globally and intrinsically linked, sharing common risk factors and similar adverse and severe consequences.

Written by Martín Hernán Di Marco | National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina

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 has taken me almost 5 months to write this short testimony.

Written by Mariana Cruz Marueta (IPPF/WHR), Ivon Silva Márquez (Mexfam) and Génesis Luigi (IPPF/WHR).

“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 hitting or anything like that.”

Written by Lindsay Henson (Lawyers against Abuse).

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 attendance was made possible through a generous bursary which covered my travel, accommodation and conference expenses. 

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Written by Lisa Fontes and Laura Marjorie Miller.

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.

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.

Written by Godfrey Siu and Carolyn Namutebi (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 been carefully curated for us.

Written by Emma Schlamm (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 recently, technology is being used in the global public health sphere.

Written by Willie Manson (Lucy Faithfull Foundation).

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 research and interventions from across the world. 

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 carefully my outfit for each day of the conference and had wished to wear my favourite dress, a gift from my mother, to present at the prestigious SVRI conference.

Written by 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 IPV – is still not clear.  

Written by Jaz Mann (DeafKidz International).

Are we doing enought to support D/deaf women and girls? Recently I had the privilege of attending the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa, for the first time. I’d like to begin by giving a special thank you to the Sexual Violence Research Initiative for facilitating my attendance at the conference, with interpreters, through the award of a bursary for which I am extremely grateful.

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