Intimate partner violence prevention: an evidence gap map
3ie Evidence gap map report 8, 2017
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a global health problem and a human rights violation. It is also the most common form of gender-based violence. An increase in IPV prevention programming in low- and middle-income countries (L&MICs), including the adaptation or replication of high-profile interventions in new settings, reflect a global interest in tackling these violations. IPV prevention programming has the potential to improve gendered power relations significantly in communities and positively impact the lives of women and men. The report outlines the results of the IPV evidence gap map, highlighting important gaps in the evidence base. It also includes the supporting methodological documentation for how the authors produced the map.
The authors identified 47 completed impact evaluations and 28 ongoing impact evaluations of IPV prevention programmes in L&MICs. They did not find any systematic reviews that met the inclusion criteria. The included evidence is relatively recent. At the moment, the studies are concentrated only eight L&MICs, with the preponderance of them in only three: India, South Africa and Uganda Furthermore, only seven impact evaluations focused on men and boys in their evidence base. Enough impact evaluations exist to support synthesis of IPV evidence. However, the variety of intervention approaches make designing an effective review more challenging.