Intimate Partner Violence Prevention and Case Management

Associate Name: Michele R. Decker

Funding Source/Period of the Grant: Ideas24


Physical, sexual, economic and/or psychological harm by a current or former partner, technically known as Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), is a serious issue that affects millions of people around the world, primarily women and girls. As well as being an fundamental injustice that violates women’s basic rights, it affects the mental and physical well-being of survivors, their families, and broader communities. The repercussions of violence against women can last for generations.

To help combat this alarming problem, ideas42 is undertaking a comprehensive effort to explore the application of behavioral science to programs dealing with IPV in a number of different countries.

In Bolivia, we’ve joined with the International Planned Parenthood Federation—Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF-WHR) and Centro de Investigación, Educación y Servicios (CIES) to improve case management for women affected by IPV. Through this partnership, we seek to increase understanding of referral pathways to the specialized services for gender-based violence that are available to clients in their communities as well as 6 clinics and 11 health centers operated by CIES, and to suggest small changes that could improve follow-through on referrals. Improving follow-through on referrals will mean that more women who experience IPV receive medical, psychological, and other assistance that can improve the quality of their lives and those of their families.

In Uganda, we are working with Raising Voices and the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP), non-profit organizations working to prevent violence against women. These organizations use the SASA! approach, in which they identify, train and support community activists to mobilize communities to better understand and take action to prevent violence. Through our work, we will identify and suggest behaviorally-informed ways to target hard-to-reach women and men, with the end goal of decreasing the frequency and prevalence of intimate partner violence.

Finally, we are working to reinvigorate the search for innovative interventions in IPV by releasing an intimate partner violence request for proposals (RFP). We hope this process will bring in insights from fields not commonly seen in the IPV space and enable unexpected approaches to the IPV epidemic which, when paired with rigorous evaluation, could help reduce and prevent IPV worldwide.

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