Addressing partner violence against sex workers

28 October 2016
Sephy Valuks

Many factors increase HIV risk for female sex workers. Intimate partner violence is one of them. Ahead of the 16 Days of Activism, find out the latest from Samvedana Plus in India.

Samvedana Plus is an evaluation study in northern Karnataka implemented by the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT). The Samvedana Plus programme intervenes with partners who are violent, female sex workers who face abuse and the wider society. It aims to change disempowering gender norms, reduce violence and increase condom use in the intimate partnerships of female sex workers.

  • Study protocol: Reducing violence and increasing condom use in the intimate partnerships of female sex workers: study protocol for Samvedana Plus, a cluster randomised controlled trial in Karnataka state, south India
  • Journal publication: Pursuing authenticity from process to outcome in a community-based participatory research study of intimate partner violence and HIV vulnerability in north Karnataka, India
  • Reducing intimate partner violence and increasing condom usage in the HIV/STI response: a facilitator's guide for training female sex workers
  • Reducing intimate partner violence and increasing condom usage in the HIV/STI response: a facilitator's guide for training intimate partners of female sex workers
  • Poster: Using peer group reflection to empower sex workers to reduce violence and increase condom use with their intimate partner relationships
  • Poster: Mental health mediates violence and condom use among women in sex work with intimate partners in Karnataka, India

The 16 Days of Activism againstĀ  Violence against Women is an annual international campaign that runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day). Over the 16 Days, individuals and organisations around the world take action to prevent and, ideally, eliminate violence against women and girls.