Evidence-Based Strategies for the Prevention of Gender-Based Violence in South Africa: A Case Study of CSVR

Evidence-Based Strategies for the Prevention of Gender-Based Violence in South Africa: A Case Study of CSVR

From 2013 to 2015, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) partnered with the Nisaa Institute for Women's Development in Orange Farm (Gauteng), the Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Project (TVEP) in Limpopo, the Loskop community in KwaZulu-Natal and the Bo-Kaap community in the Western Cape to pilot various community-based interventions to prevent and eradicate gender-based violence (GBV). The processes involved in working with these communities were documented with the aim of developing a model that would provide other organisations and communities in South Africa with information and practical approaches to be used in preventing and eradicating GBV. This report highlights the activities undertaken by CSVR to implement GBV prevention initiatives in the four communities. The report first outlines the application of the ecological model as a theoretical framework in the interventions. Thereafter the learning, monitoring, evaluation and sustainability of the initiatives is discussed, followed by recommendations on what needs to be done to implement evidence-based interventions to prevent and eradicate GBV.


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CSVR is a multi-disciplinary institute that seeks to understand and prevent violence, heal its effects and build sustainable peace at the community, national and regional levels.

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