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Winners of the SVRI Knowledge for Action to End Violence Against Women and Violence Against Children Research Grant

The SVRI is delighted to announce the 2021 grantees cohort! We received 330 proposals from all global regions. The quality of the proposals was very high and made the selection process difficult. It was encouraging to see many more applications from entire teams of low-and middle-income country researchers.

We are grateful to our donors who have partnered with us to make this grant possible – a grant that will contribute to the prevention and response of violence against women (VAW), violence against children (VAC) and other forms of violence driven by gender inequality in low and middle-income countries.

Research Teams

Project title: Online Intimate Partner Violence Against Teens and Young People in Nepal.

Objective: The project will assess and understand the context, practices and behaviours of teens and young people towards IPV through the use of digital technology and will provide appropriate policy recommendations to the government and other duty-bearers.

Lead organisation: ChildSafeNet.

Team: Anil Raghuvanshi (ChildSafeNet ED), Neha Gauchan, Swasti Karmacharya, Darshana Gauchan, Ristha Shrestha and Aashrika Chaudhary.

Download the Nepal project poster here.

Project title: Understanding the Impacts of Covid-19 on Domestic Violence in Brazil.

Objective: The aim of this research is to assess the impact of Covid-19 and the associated responses – including public health measures and the emergency conditional cash transfer – on domestic and family violence against women and children and to develop guidelines for a gender-inclusive post-Covid recovery plan. The project is linked to an ongoing large, representative and longitudinal domestic violence study, the PCSVDF-Mulher (Survey of Socio-economic Conditions and Domestic and Family Violence against Women).

Lead organisation: Universidade Federal do Ceará – UFC.

Partners: Instituto Maria da Penha, IPECE/CE, UECE, UFRN, University of Essex, and the University of Gothenburg.

Team: Prof. José Raimundo Carvalho (UFC), Prof. Sonia Bhalotra, Conceição de Maria, Prof. Diego de Maria, Prof. Antonio Rodrigues Ferreira, Prof. Victor Hugo Oliveira, and Prof. Joseph Vecci.

Download the Brazil project poster here.

Project title: Violence against Syrian refugee women of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Objective:  The project will both raise awareness about particular risks and vulnerabilities of women of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) in Lebanon and Turkey to different forms of VAWG, as well as their experiences of accessing support services.

Lead organisation: Mosaic MENA.

Team: Henri Myrttinen, Charbel Maydaa, Zeynep Pınar Erdem, Caroline Chayya.

Download the Lebanon and Turkey project poster here.

Project title: Breaking the silence: empowering Jordanian infertile couples to decrease gender-based violence.

Objective: The project will adapt, and pilot test a group cognitive behaviour and life-skills intervention to prevent the occurrence of domestic violence among couples attending fertility services in Jordan in preparation for a future randomized trial.

Lead organisation: Jordan University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Nursing.

Partners: The University of Jordan, School of Nursing; Royal Medical Services; King Hussein Foundation Institute of Family Health; Emory University, Hubert Department of Global Health.

Team: Dr Zaid Al-Hamdan, Dr Hala Bawadi, Dr Ibrahim Aqil, Emad Al-Sharu, Jehan Hamadneh Dr Cari Jo Clark.

Download the Jordan project poster here.

Project title: Violence against Children on the Balkans migration route – Solutions through Advocacy and Research (STAR).

Objective: Through this research, the team will identify solutions for violence against children arriving in Europe through the Balkans migration route. It will first identify the forms of violence against migrant children arriving in Europe and it will then address the issue by increasing the visibility of the child-rights violations against migrant/refugee children traveling the main route and empowering key actors to take appropriate action through evidence-based advocacy.

Lead organisation: Save the Children International, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Partners: University of Sarajevo Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Team: Bogdan Krasić; Nevenka Žegarac; Dženana Husremović; Violeta Marković; Nikolina Milić; Anita Burgund Isakov; Alina Trkulja; Katarina Jovanovic and Tatjana Ristic.

Download the Balkans project poster here.

Project title: Research and Response to Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) Amidst COVID-19 in the Philippines.

Objective: This study will strengthen therapeutic care for survivors of OSEC in the Philippines by first undertaking research on general practices of care and policies to better understand the unique challenges and trauma associated with OSEC, particularly in a time of a global pandemic and will use these findings to inform caregiver training on the provision of care for OSEC survivors.

Lead organisation: World Hope International.

Partner: University of Southern Philippines Foundation.

Team: Haley Clark; Dr Philip Joel Macugay.

Download the Philippines project poster here.

Project title: Can a co-parenting intervention reduce both Intimate Partner Violence and Violence against Children?

Objective: The team will adapt and pilot-test the Parenting for Lifelong Health for Adolescents programme in Zimbabwe with a view to including  a more explicit focus on preventing violence against women and engagement of fathers. The primary outcome to be evaluated is reduction in family violence (both IPV and harsh parenting). This evaluation will include recommendations for the refinement of this adaptation and its feasibility for scale up and replication.

Lead organisation: University of Cape Town, Department of Psychology.

Partners: Plan International Zimbabwe; Clowns without Border South Africa.

Team: Prof Catherine Ward; Sheila Murimoga; Natalie Davidson; Lindokuhle Lulama Ngcobo.

Download the Zimbabwe project poster here.

Project title: Integration of GBV prevention into group-perinatal care in Mali.

Objective: The team will use research to develop a new care model that integrates GBV into an existing group-antenatal care program called group perinatal care plus (G-PNC+). a . Group perinatal care plus , aims to maximize health and reduce multiple types of GBV through a new comprehensive antenatal and postpartum care model by combining evidence based perinatal health care, GBV and mental health prevention.

Lead organisation : Faculty of Medicine and Odontostomatology, Université des Sciences, des Techniques et des Technologies du Bamako, Mali.

Partner: Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Team: Dr Seydou Doumbia, Aissata Ba, Dr. Sarah Murray, Dr Nicole Warren, Dr Molly Lasater.

Download the Mali project poster here.

SVRI Research Grant 2021 resources:

Grant-making information webinar

On 29th July, the SVRI hosted a webinar to celebrate the launch of the SVRI Research Grant and to provide applicants with information on the 2021 grant cycle.


Access the webinar recording here.


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