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DFID releases latest evidence on Violence Against Women and Girls


We are pleased to invite you to take a few minutes to read the 13th edition (October 2017) of the VAWG Helpdesk Evidence Digest; a quarterly newsletter reviewing the latest research and evidence, policy and news on violence against women and girls.


  • Political violence and VAWG – the case of Gaza: The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) has produced a policy brief of VAWG in Gaza as part of the Urban Learning Fund. The report focuses on the link between political violence and VAWG, and discusses how women and girl’s vulnerability to violence differs from men and boys.
  • DFID’s COMPASS programme has published an article analysing the influence of male-dominated spaces on experiences and fear of GBV. The programme also recently published a study on prevalence and associated risk factors of violence against conflict affected female adolescents.
  • In September 2017, the What Works to Prevent Violence programme produced three evidence reviews focusing on intersections of VAW and VAC; prevention of violence against women and girls with disabilities; and the relationship between poverty and intimate partner violence.
  • DFID launched new guidance on GBV research methodologies in humanitarian settings.


About the VAWG Helpdesk

The Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG Helpdesk) is a research and advice service for DFID (open across HMG). It is run by a Social Development Direct - led consortium, including ActionAid, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Womankind Worldwide, and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).To be added to our mailing list and receive updates on the latest resources from the VAWG Helpdesk please email

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