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Explore our library of resources dedicated to the role of policies, laws, and regulations in supporting survivors of gender-based violence to access justice and support services, as well as prevention efforts. The collection includes a comprehensive range of international research papers, policy documents, and national action plans from across the globe.

Bhuwania, P., Raub, A., Sprague, A., Martin, A., Bose, B., Kidman, R., Nandi, A., Behrman, J. R., & Heymann, J. (2024). Impact of laws prohibiting domestic violence on wasting in early childhood. PLOS ONE, 19(3), e0301224. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0301224
Burke, E., Watson, K., Eva, G., Gold, J., Garcia-Moreno, C., & Amin, A. (2024). Is addressing violence against women prioritised in health policies? Findings from a WHO policies database. PLOS Global Public Health, 4(2), e0002504. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgph.0002504
Chadambuka, C., & Essue, B. (2024). A policy review on the visibility of migrant women exposed to, and at risk of gender-based violence: Considerations for inclusive and equitable policies and programs in Canada. PLOS Global Public Health, 4(2), e0002919. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgph.0002919
van Tuyll van Serooskereken Rakotomalala, S., Stok, F. M., Yerkes, M. A., & de Wit, J. B. F. (2023). A mapping of parenting support policies worldwide to prevent violence against children. Child Abuse & Neglect, 146, 106484. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2023.106484
Ramage, K., Stirling-Cameron, E., Ramos, N. E., Martinez SanRoman, I., Bojorquez, I., Spata, A., Baltazar Lujano, B., & Goldenberg, S. M. (2023). “When you leave your country, this is what you’re in for”: experiences of structural, legal, and gender-based violence among asylum-seeking women at the Mexico-U.S. border. BMC Public Health, 23, 1699. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-023-16538-2
Ramaswamy, S., Devgun, M., Seshadri, S., & Bunders-Aelen, J. (2023). Balancing the law with children’s rights to participation and decision-making: Practice guidelines for mandatory reporting processes in child sexual abuse. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 81, 103464. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajp.2023.103464
UN Women Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence Against Women and Girls. (2019). VAWG Legislation (webpage on guiding principles for developing and drafting legislation on VAWG, and advocating for new laws/reforming laws). https://www.endvawnow.org/en/modules/view/8-legislation.html
Biroli, F. (2018). Violence against Women and Reactions to Gender Equality in Politics. Politics & Gender, 14(4), 681–685. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1743923X18000600
Ministry of Health, Republic of Botswana. (2018). Policy Guidance to Male Involvement in SRH,HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence Prevention and Management: Addendum to SRH Policy Guidelines and Service Standards. Ministry of Health, Republic of Botswana. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-20/botswana.pdf
Ministry for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children. The United Republic of Tanzania. (2017). National plan of action to end violence against women and children in Tanzania, 2017/18 – 2021/22. Ministry for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children. The United Republic of Tanzania. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2018-05-03/NPA%20on%20VAWC%20Mainland%202017.pdf
Halder, D. (2017). Revenge porn against women and the applicability of therapeutic jurisprudence: a comparative analysis of regulations in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. In Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Overcoming Violence Against Women (pp. 282–292). IGI Global. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3160444
Lippy, C., & DeGue, S. (2016). Exploring Alcohol Policy Approaches to Prevent Sexual Violence Perpetration. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 17(1), 26–42. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838014557291
HM Government. (2016). United Kingdom: Ending Violence against Women and Girls Strategy 2016 – 2020. HM Government. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-20/UK%20VAWG_Strategy_FINAL_PUBLICATION_MASTER_vRB.PDF
Network of NGOs, Trade Unions and Independent Experts. (2015). Canada: A Blueprint for Canada’s National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Girls. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-21/Blueprint-for-Canadas-NAP-on-VAW.pdf
The National Task Force for Gender-Based Violence. (2015). Bahamas: Strategic Plan to Address Gender-Based Violence. The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Ministry of Social Services and Community Development. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-21/Bahamas.pdf
Federal Government of Belgium. (2015). Belgium: National Action Plan to Combat All Forms of Gender-Based Violence 2015–2019. Federal Government of Belgium. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-25/Belgium.pdf
Constitución Política de la República. (2014). Equador: Plan Nacional de Erradicación de la Violencia de Género Hacia Niñez, Adolescencia y Mujeres. Constitución Política de la República. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-27/Equador.pdf
Consejo Nacional de la Mujer (CNM) dependiente del Consejo Nacional de Coordinación de Políticas Sociales. Presidencia de la Nación Argentina. (2014). Argentina: Plan Nacional de Acción para la Prevención, Asistencia y Erradicación de la Violencia contra las Mujeres 2014 - 2016. Consejo Nacional de la Mujer (CNM) dependiente del Consejo Nacional de Coordinación de Políticas Sociales. Presidencia de la Nación Argentina. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-25/Argentina_0.pdf
Ministry of Women Affairs. Kingdom of Cambodia, Nation Religious King. (2014). Cambodia: National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women 2014-2018. Ministry of Women Affairs. Kingdom of Cambodia, Nation Religious King. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-21/Cambodia%20NAPVAW2014-2018%28Eng%29.pdf
Slovak Republic. (2013). Slovakia: National Action Plan for the Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Women 2014-2019. Slovak Republic. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-20/Slovak%20republic.pdf
Community Development Division, Department of Premier and Cabinet. State of Tasmania. (2013). Taking Action: Tasmania’s Primary Prevention Strategy to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children 2012-2022. Community Development Division, Department of Premier and Cabinet. State of Tasmania. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-21/Tasmania.pdf
Department of Social Development, Republic of South Africa. (2013). South African Integrated Programme of Action Addressing Violence Against Women and Children (2013-2018). Department of Social Development, Republic of South Africa. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-20/South%20africa%20Violence%20Against%20Women%20and%20Children-Low%20Resolution.pdf
Mogale, R. S., Burns, K. K., & Richter, S. (2012). Violence Against Women in South Africa: Policy Position and Recommendations. Violence Against Women, 18(5), 580–594. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801212453430
The Socialist Republic of Việt Nam. (2012). Vietnam: National Strategy on Gender Equality for the 2011-2020 period. https://www.economica.vn/Portals/0/Documents/National%20strategy%20on%20gender%20equality%20for%20the%202011.pdf
Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs. Republic of Sierra Leone. (2012). Sierra Leone National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence: Building a Better Sierra Leone Free From Violence Against Women and Children (2012-2016). Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs. Republic of Sierra Leone. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-25/Sierra%20Leone%20NAP%20on%20GBV.pdf
Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Republic of Namibia. (2012). National Plan of Action on Gender-Based Violence (2012-2016): Zero Tolerance for GBV. Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Republic of Namibia. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-20/Namibia.pdf
Loots, L., Dartnall, E., & Jewkes, R. (2012). Global review of national prevention policies. SVRI. http://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-04/GlobalReview.pdf
Ortiz-Barreda, G., Vives-Cases, C., & Gil-González, D. (2011). Worldwide violence against women legislation: An equity approach. Health Policy, 100(2–3), 125–133. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2010.11.015
Ministry of Women’s Affairs, National Committee to Combat Violence against Women. Territories under Palestinian National Authority. (2011). Palestinian Territories: Strategic Plan for Combating Violence against Women (VAW) 2011 - 2019. Ministry of Women’s Affairs, National Committee to Combat Violence against Women. Territories under Palestinian National Authority. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-21/Palestinian%20Authority.pdf
Secretaria Nacional de Enfrentamento à Violência contra as Mulheres. Secretaria de Políticas para as Mulheres – Presidência da República, Brasília. (2011). Brazil: Pacto Nacional pelo Enfrentamento à Violência contra as Mulheres. Secretaria Nacional de Enfrentamento à Violência contra as Mulheres. Secretaria de Políticas para as Mulheres – Presidência da República, Brasília. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-25/Brazil.pdf
Republic of Albania. (2011). Albania: National Strategy on Gender Equality and Reduction of Gender Based Violence and Domestic Violence 2011-2015. Republic of Albania. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-21/Albania.pdf
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finnish Government. (2010). Finland: Action Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women. Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finnish Government. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-25/Finland.pdf
United Nations (Ed.). (2010). Handbook for legislation on violence against women. United Nations. https://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/vaw/handbook/Handbook%20for%20legislation%20on%20violence%20against%20women.pdf
Ministrio de la Mujer y Desarrollo Social. (2009). Peru: Plan Nacional Contra la Violencia Hacia la Mujer 2009 - 2015. Ministrio de la Mujer y Desarrollo Social. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-25/Peru.pdf
Republic of Zambia, Gender in Development Division. (2008). National Action Plan on Gender Based Violence (NAP-GBV) 2008-2013. Republic of Zambia, Gender in Development Division. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-20/Zambia%20GBV.pdf
República de Moçambique. (2008). Plano Nacional de Acção para Prevenção e Combate à Violência contra a Mulher (2008-2012). Nada Justifica a Violência Contra a Mulher: Vamos Acabar com a Violência em Moçambique. República de Moçambique. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-20/mozambique.violence.08.pdf
Walklate, S. (2007). What is to be Done About Violence Against Women?: Gender, Violence, Cosmopolitanism and the Law. British Journal of Criminology, 48(1), 39–54. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azm050
Avdeyeva, O. (2007). When Do States Comply with International Treaties? Policies on Violence against Women in Post-Communist Countries. International Studies Quarterly, 51(4), 877–900. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2478.2007.00481.x
Directorate General on the Status of Women. Republic of Turkiye, Prime Ministry. (2007). Turkey: Combating Domestic Violence Against Women National Action Plan 2007 - 2010. Directorate General on the Status of Women. Republic of Turkiye, Prime Ministry. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-21/Turkey.pdf
Ministère Délégué Chargé de la Famille et de la Condition Féminine. (2006). Algeria: Stratégie Nationale de Lutte contre la Violence à l’égard des Femmes. Ministère Délégué Chargé de la Famille et de la Condition Féminine. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-21/stat_gie_fran_ais_bat%20%281%29.pdf
Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Security, Republic of Iceland. (2006). Iceland: Plan of Action to Deal with Domestic and Sexual Violence. Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Security, Republic of Iceland. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-25/Iceland_1.pdf
Republic of Liberia, GBV Interagency Taskforce. (2006). National Plan of Action for the Prevention and Management of Gender Based Violence in Liberia (GBV-POA). Ministry of Gender and Development. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-20/Liberia.pdf
Ministério da Justiça Unidade de Implementação de Projecto. (2006). Cape Verde: Plano Nacional de Combate a Violencia baseada no Genero. Ministério da Justiça Unidade de Implementação de Projecto. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-20/Cape%20Verde%20GBV%20NAP.pdf
South Africa Department of Health. (2005). South African National Sexual Assault Policy. South Africa Department of Health. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-20/South%20Africa%20National%20Sexual%20Assault%20Policy%20-%202005%20scanned.pdf
Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children, The United Republic of Tanzania. (2001). A National Plan of Action for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence Against Women and Children 2001 - 2015. Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children, The United Republic of Tanzania. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-20/tanzania_violence_2001-2015_en.pdf
Learning from practice: Strengthening a legal and policy environment to prevent violence against women and girls. (n.d.). UN Women – United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. Retrieved April 10, 2024, from https://untf.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2022/06/learning-from-practice-strengthening-a-legal-and-policy-environment-to-prevent-violence-against-women-and-girls
GAPD - The Global Abortion Policies Database - The Global Abortion Policies Database is designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate unsafe abortion. (n.d.). Retrieved October 17, 2023, from https://abortion-policies.srhr.org/
Plan de Acción 2016-2019: “Por una Vida Libre de Violencia de Género con mirada generacional.” (n.d.). Ministerio de Desarrollo Social. Retrieved September 29, 2023, from https://www.gub.uy/ministerio-desarrollo-social/politicas-y-gestion/planes/plan-accion-2016-2019-vida-libre-violencia-genero-mirada-generacional
National Strategy. (n.d.). Cosc. Retrieved September 29, 2023, from https://www.cosc.ie/en/cosc/pages/wp08000096/
Ministry of Women, Youth & Children Affairs. Solomon Islands Government. (n.d.). Solomon Islands: National Policy on Eliminating Violence Against Women. Ministry of Women, Youth & Children Affairs. Solomon Islands Government. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-07-25/solomon%20islands.pdf
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