SVRI Forum Explained

The SVRI aims to promote research on sexual violence to ensure sexual violence continues to be recognised as a priority public health problem. We do this by increasing awareness of sexual violence as a priority public health problem through evidence based communication and information; promoting donor and researcher involvement in supporting and undertaking research on sexual violence; building capacity in sexual violence research and improving  knowledge of sexual violence internationally to influence policy and service delivery. In support of our aim, the SVRI hosts bi-annual Forums. The SVRI Forum provide researchers, practitioners  and others with a platform to share and disseminate methodological experiences and research findings, and a dynamic space for participants  to network, share lessons, link research with policy and practice and disseminate new and exciting research in the field. Download the SVRI Forum brief. For more information on our events, contact: We look forward to seeing you at our next Forum! [Arabic pdf version].

The SVRI undertook a review of all the presentations made at the past three Forums to gain an understanding of who is presenting on what at our conferences. Download the online brief: SVRI Forums: Taking Stock.  

SVRI Forum 2019 

SVRI Forum 2019: Time Is Now, 21-25 October, Cape Town, South Africa is SVRI's 6th global conference on violence against women and other forms of violence driven by gender inequality in low and middle-income countries.  SVRI Forum 2019’s focus is on research working to understand and redress inequity among vulnerable populations to ensure no-one is left behind; research on violence against women and linkages to violence against children, realising the SDGs and research for social change and global movements.

SVRI Forum 2017 

The SVRI Forum 2017 website is available in EnglishPortuguês and Español

SVRI Forum 2017: Partnerships for policy action, 18-21 September, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil is SVRI's 5th global conference which gathered more than 450 researchers, gender activists, funders, policy makers, service providers, practitioners and survivors from around the globe who are working to understand, prevent and respond to sexual and gender based violence. This go-to global conference provided a platform for new and upcoming researchers who produce evidence based research to share ideas and findings. These researchers were celebrated through the SVRI Forum 2017 awards. To view previous SVRI Forums awards winners click here

SVRI Forum 2015

SVRI Forum 2015: Innovation and intersections, 14 – 17 September, Stellenbosch, South Africa is the key global event for researchers, practitioners and others working in the field of sexual violence and intimate partner violence. It is our fourth international conference and will bring together between 200-250 researchers, gender activists, funders, policy makers, service providers, practitioners and survivors from around the world who are working to understand, prevent and respond to sexual and intimate partner violence. The Forum provides a platform for showcasing research and innovation in the field. A priority for SVRI Forum 2015 is to promote equity in research and successful north-south, south-south, and academic-practitioner research partnerships. The SVRI Forum 2015 video is available here.

SVRI Forum 2013

SVRI Forum 2013: Evidence into action was our 3rd international conference and our first outside of South Africa. The conference was hosted in Bangkok, Thailand and built on the priorities identified at our two prior Forums. SVRI Forum 2013 broadened its scope to all forms of gender-based violence, not just sexual violence. Through this process the Forum successfully provided researchers working on other aspects of gender-based violence and researchers focusing on sexual violence an opportunity to interact with each other. Similarly, the conference also linked the child protection and SGBV fields and promote cross-sectoral dialogue and exchange on primary prevention of child abuse and neglect especially when linked to  future prevention of sexual violence perpetration and victimisation. These shifts reflect both a growth in the field and an evolution in the SVRI. 

SVRI Forum 2011

The SVRI successfully hosted its second international conference, the SVRI Forum 2011: Moving the agenda forward, 10 – 13 October 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Forum is contributing to the positive growth of the sexual violence research field, as one of the participants writes: “I found the conference extremely informative, excellent sessions; good coverage and key emerging issues; high calibre of technical content; and very well organised”.The Forum brought together over 215 participants from 34 countries to share and network over a four-day period. Research findings and gaps identified at the SVRI Forum 2011 will feed into important international campaigns currently underway to prevent and respond to sexual violence globally.  

SVRI Forum 2009

In 2009, the Sexual Violence Research Initiative held its first international conference, the SVRI Forum 2009: Coordinated evidence-based responses to end sexual violence, 6 – 9 July 2009, Johannesburg, South Africa. Participants from over 28 countries came together to debate, discuss and share new ideas and innovations for research on sexual violence with a particular emphasis on research in developing countries. An important output of the SVRI Forum 2009 was the identification of some key research priorities. These priorities guided the crafting of the SVRI Forum programme and structure.