Who We Are

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative is a global research initiative that promotes good quality research in the area of sexual violence, particularly in low and middle income countries. We are building an experienced and committed network of researchers, policy makers, activists and donors to ensure that the many aspects of sexual violence are addressed from the perspective of different disciplines and cultures. The SVRI believes that prevention efforts and service provision must be informed by sound research and evidence.

What Guides our Work?

The work of the SVRI is guided by the SVRI Coordinating Group, a group of experts from different disciplines, networks of organisations on sexual violence and global regions.  In addition to this expert guidance, the work of the SVRI is framed by the Sexual Violence Research Agenda.  The Sexual VIolence Research Agenda identifies focus areas for research, within which 6 broad priority areas are outlined. These are:

Priority Area 1: Nature, Prevalence, Social Context and Risk Factors Associated with Sexual Violence
Priority Area 2: Sexual Violence Prevention
Priority Area 3: Appropriateness and Effectiveness of Sexual Violence Services
Priority Area 4: Childhood Sexual Abuse
Priority Area 5: Sexual Violence in Conflict and Emergency Settings
Priority Area 6: HIV and Sexual Violence

Principles for SVRI Projects

All projects implemented or supported by the SVRI should:

  • Adhere to international safety and ethical guidelines
  • Focus on low and middle income-settings
  • Be conceptualized within a human rights framework
  • Strive to be cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary;
  • Where relevant and appropriate endeavour to engage the community that is being researched;
  • Challenge the gender hierarchy that contributes to sexual violence in order to promote gender equality.
  • Inform policy, programs and services and serve to strengthen access to comprehensive care and support for survivors

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