Mobilising communities to end violence against women: Findings from the SASA! study – Tanya Abramsky

Efforts to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) against women have for the most part aimed to reduce violence among direct programme recipients. Despite growing recognition of community-level gender norms and attitudes to IPV as drivers of HIV risk, there is little evidence on how interventions might tackle these drivers to prevent IPV at the community-level.

This webinar presents analyses from the SASA! study, a cluster randomised trial of a community mobilisation intervention to prevent violence against women (VAW) and reduce HIV risk in Kampala, Uganda. Findings suggest that SASA! was successful in reducing a range of types of IPV including physical, sexual and emotional IPV, as well as controlling behaviours. Impacts were observed at the community-level, with mediation analyses suggesting that changes in community-level norms, rather than individual attitudes and behaviours, were the most important routes through which reductions in IPV were achieved.

Tanya Abramsky is a social epidemiologist working within the Gender Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Her research focuses on VAW, its causes, consequences and means of prevention. Major studies she has worked on include:

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