Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) poses significant risks to the health and well-being of women and girls, including physical injuries, psychological trauma, unwanted pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections. The Population Council designs and evaluates interventions that provide care and support to survivors of SGBV and enhance prevention efforts. We help men change their attitudes about women, encouraging them to become women’s advocates rather than perpetrators of sexual abuse.
Our efforts seek to understand the social, economic, political, and physical context of violence; strengthen and integrate health services to provide a holistic response system for survivors; and support efforts to prevent violence.
By offering technical assistance to the Hanoi Health Department, we provided resources to help health workers screen women and girls who may be victims of domestic violence and support them by offering care or referring them to a healthcare provider. Our work in South Africa, Vietnam, and Zambia is also expanding the roles of police officials and medical professionals to provide comprehensive care to survivors of sexual assault.