Violence and Injury Prevention

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence


Research on preventing sexual violence

Fact 16: WHO supports research on understanding and preventing sexual violence.

Violence against women has been identified as a major public health and human rights problem, but a lack of reliable data on the causes, magnitude and consequences of the problem slows down the search for solutions. To collect such data, WHO initiated the WHO multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence against women. WHO also helps coordinate the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, a network of researchers, policy makers, activists and donors committed to understanding and preventing sexual violence.

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