Measuring partner violence: How and why?

09 May 2013
Alexandra Hyde

Einstein once said not everything important can be measured, but an accurate assessment of the magnitude of a problem certainly helps elevate its importance.

How can we get accurate measures of violence as it occurs throughout women’s lifespans, and how will this help to assess the magnitude - and causes - of intimate partner violence?

Please join us for a free virtual Learning Lab webinar on Tuesday 21 May, when Lori Heise will review some traditional methods for measuring violence and introduce some new ones, while debating different approaches to identifying a case of abuse.

Lori Heise played a leading role in getting gender violence onto the international health agenda. Her evidence review, What Works to Prevent Partner Violence, is essential reading on the subject. Now a senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Chief Executive of STRIVE, Heise is part of the Gender Violence and Health Centre and Social and Mathematical Epidemiology group (SaME).  Previously, she founded the International Research Network on Violence Against Women and co-designed and led the WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence (24,000 women in 15 sites). 

Background reading

Chapter Six: The Challenge of Defining and Measuring Violence in Quantitative Research in Ellsberg M and Heise L. Researching Violence Against Women: A Practical Guide for Researchers and Activists. Washington DC, United States: World Health Organization, PATH; 2005.

How to participate

Depending on your location, the time of the Learning Lab will be:

8:00 am Washington

1:00pm London

2:00pm Johannesburg/ Geneva/ Oslo

3:00pm Mwanza/ Kampala

5:30pm New Delhi

To join the invitation list for STRIVE's monthly Learning Lab, please register here.

To view previous Learning Lab presentations and download resources, explore here.

To join the webinar on Tuesday 21 May, log-in as a participant at AND call in on your country's toll-free number. You will need access code 9272774 for both.  If your country does not have a toll-free number, please send your contact number with country code to by Friday 17 May, and we will dial out to you just before the beginning of the Lab. NB: This webinar may include videos. If so, you would listen to the presenter on your telephone but play the sound from the video through your computer speakers.