The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently issued two publications that address the prevention of violence against women
Preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women: taking action and generating evidence
In September 2010, WHO and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine released Preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women: taking action and generating evidence. This manual provides a planning framework for developing policies and programmes for the prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence. The document emphasizes the importance of integrating scientific evaluation into all prevention initiatives to continuously monitor and improve their effectiveness, and to inform and expand the global evidence base in this area.
This manual, built on a life-course perspective, reviews the latest available scientific findings on proven and promising prevention strategies, and uses a public health model to highlight the steps needed to address underlying social determinants of violence.
This document is primarily aimed at policy-makers, programme developers and planners and funding bodies in public health and related sectors that aim to advance the prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence against women.
Violence prevention: the evidence
Violence prevention: the evidence, produced by WHO and Liverpool John Moores University, is an eight-part series based on rigorous reviews of the literature which examines scientific evidence for the effectiveness of interventions to prevent interpersonal violence, including violence against women, and self-directed violence. By spotlighting evidence for the effectiveness of interventions, Violence prevention: the evidence provides clear directions for how violence prevention funders, policy makers and programme implementers can boost the impact of their violence prevention efforts.
Due to the exceptionally high demand, Violence prevention: the evidence is being reissued in a new all-in-one format and will now be available in two versions: (1) as eight separate publications, one on each of the seven main violence prevention strategies and an overview; and (2) as a single all-in-one publication.
Each section focuses on one of seven broad strategies for preventing violence, and under that umbrella reviews the evidence for the effectiveness of specific interventions, including promoting gender equality, reducing the availability and harmful use of alcohol, and changing cultural and social norms that support violence.
Preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women: taking action and generating evidence is available here:
Violence prevention: the evidence is available here: