This year’s Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum in Mexico made clear that there is a strong evidence base showing violence as a global public health and human rights issue. Further, we are no longer in the infancy stages of interventions that reduce and prevent violence. Rather, we’re on the cusp of seeing government, organizations, and donors coalesce on adaptation and scale-up. 

SVRI attracted a diverse pool of participants and presentations, ranging from ones based on compelling personal experience to those drawing from large country surveys. Three ISC partners from the Protecting Children from Violence network presented work supported by USAID’s HEARD Project. Together for Girls highlighted findings from the landscape analysis led by the City University of New York and University Research Co., LLC. The analysis presents country experiences using Violence Against Children (VAC) data. 

TPO Uganda and Washington University in St. Louis presented on the effectiveness of the Journey of Life intervention in Kiryandongo, Uganda. Other ISC partners who presented at SVRI included: Universidad de los Andes, Washington University in St. Louis, Makerere University, Population Council, and The University of Edinburgh End Violence Lab. For more information about the topics on which they presented, click here.