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

Russell Watkins DFID


Kathryn M. Yount
Kathleen Krause
Stephanie S. Miedema

Publication type:
Journal articles
Date: November 2017

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.

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