Preventing gender-based violence victimization in adolescent girls in lower-income countries: Systematic review of reviews

Kathryn M. Yountab Kathleen H. Krausec Stephanie S.Miedemab Social Science and Medicine, 2017; Read full paper online

This systematic review of reviews synthesises evidence on the impact of interventions to prevent violence against adolescent girls and young women 10–24 years in low- and middle-income countries. Theories of women's empowerment and the social ecology of multifaceted violence framed the review. Child abuse, female genital mutilation/cutting, child marriage, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence were focal outcomes. 

The main findings reveal that:

  • Preventing violence against girls and young women is understudied in poor countries.
  • Interventions often target discrete forms of violence, but poly-victimisation is common.
  • Multilevel investments in girls and communities may reduce poly-victimisation.
  • Prevention efforts in married, urban, out-of-school, and displaced girls are needed.


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