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Preventing gender-based violence victimization in adolescent girls in lower-income countries

22.11.17 | Bodily integrity and freedom from violence

Authors

Kathryn M. Yount, Kathleen Krause and Stephanie S. Miedema

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

Key messages:

  • 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.

Please note this systematic review is published in the journal Social Science & Medicine Volume 192, November 2017, Pages 1-13. A subscription is required to read the full journal article.

Suggested citation

Yount, K. M., Krause, K. H. and Miedema, S. S. (2017) ‘Preventing gender-based violence victimization in adolescent girls in lower-income countries: systematic review of reviews’, Social Science & Medicine, 192, pp. 1–13.


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