Violence and Injury Prevention

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Preventing intimate partner violence by building skills

Fact 11: Programmes that increase women's access to microcredit and finance and train people in healthy relationship and negotiation skills can prevent violence against women.

A programme called Intervention with Microfinance for AIDS and Gender Equity (IMAGE) in South Africa shows great promise. IMAGE targets women living in the poorest households in rural areas, and combines financial services with skills-building sessions for women and men on HIV prevention, gender norms, cultural beliefs, communication and intimate partner violence. Two years after completing the programme, women participants reported 55% fewer acts of violence by their intimate partners. For further information on how to prevent intimate partner and sexual violence, see: