This course is based upon material published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is available on their website.
According to the summary:
Intimate partner and sexual violence affect a large proportion of the population – with the majority of those directly experiencing such violence being women and the majority perpetrating it being men. The harm they cause can last a lifetime and span generations, with serious adverse effects on health, education and employment. The primary prevention of these types of violence will therefore save lives and money – investments made now to stop intimate partner and sexual violence before they occur will protect the physical, mental and economic well-being and development of individuals, families, communities and whole societies. This document aims to provide sufficient information for policy-makers and planners to develop data-driven and evidence-based programs for preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women and is divided into the following chapters:
Chapter 1 outlines the nature, magnitude and consequences of intimate partner and sexual violence within the broader typology of violence.
Chapter 2 identifies the risk and protective factors for such violence and the importance of addressing both risk and protective factors in prevention efforts.
Chapter 3 summarizes the scientific evidence base for primary prevention strategies, and describes programs of known effectiveness, those supported by emerging evidence and those that could potentially be effective but have yet to be sufficiently evaluated for their impact.
Chapter 4 presents a six-step framework for taking action, generating evidence and sharing results. In the closing section, several future research priorities are outlined and a number of key conclusions drawn.
The evidence-based prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence is still in its early days and much remains to be accomplished. At present, only one strategy has evidence supporting its effectiveness – and this only relates to intimate partner violence. . . .
This course is an evidence based summation that reviews the nature, magnitude and consequences of intimate partner and sexual violence. Risk and protective factors as well as evidence based practices for prevention.
This course on intimate partner and sexual violence is valuable for clinical social workers and psychologists, nurses, and professional counselors who do clinical work. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of intimate partner violence. It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require continuing education courses in domestic violence or intimate partner violence for license renewal.
Authors: World Health Organization (WHO)
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding the prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence. Specifically, a professional will:
· Describe the nature and magnitude of IPV within the broader concept of violence.
· Identify the risk and protective factors for IPV and sexual violence.
· Identify primary prevention strategies that are either known to be effective or supported by emerging evidence.
Citation: World Health Organization. (2010).
World Health Organization / London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. (2010). Preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women: taking action
and generating evidence. Geneva, World Health Organization.