Principal Investigator: Jennifer Scott, MD, MPH (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
Evidence demonstrates that the risk of Gender-based Violence (GBV), including intimate partner violence (IPV), increases during humanitarian crises. Response efforts (i.e. quarantine) to control the spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) may exacerbate IPV risk by limiting women’s options to distance themselves from perpetrators of violence and by reducing survivors’ access to GBV, health, and psychosocial services.
Upholding a gender-responsive approach to COVID-19, guidance has been developed for practitioners to integrate GBV risk mitigation into COVID-19 humanitarian response activities. Guidance documents apply previously established best practices (Guidelines for Integrating GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Action, Pocket Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action), and evidence is needed on how the Global Guidance is being used in the context of COVID-19.
This research aims to advance understanding on how COVID-19 guidance on GBV risk mitigation is being adapted and implemented, gaps in current guidance, and barriers to adoption and implementation.
Guidance on GBV risk mitigation is critical for protecting women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, it is only effective if we understand what factors influence its implementation. Our multi-disciplinary team of humanitarian practitioners will collect field-based evidence to improve guidance and strengthen GBV risk mitigation in humanitarian contexts.
Jennifer Scott, MD, MPH, Principal Investigator
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