Workshop on Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania
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Approach: Using an ecological framework that focuses on points of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and intervention*, this 2-day workshop will focus on intimate partner violence (IPV) in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania and will address the intersection with HIV/AIDS, the role of power dynamics within relationships, social perceptions within communities, and societal level policies and implications. The workshop will be an opportunity to explore prevention and promising interventions that focus on evidence-informed strategies and multisectoral engagement.
Objective: To inform and create synergies within a diverse community of researchers, implementers, and decision makers committed to promoting violence prevention efforts that are evidence-informed, innovative, and cross-sectoral.
Project Summary: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Forum on Global Violence Prevention proposes to convene a 2-day public workshop in partnership with the Ugandan National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) on preventing intimate partner violence. This workshop will be held in Uganda with a focus on IPV prevention in Uganda, as well as its regional neighbors, Kenya and Tanzania. This workshop will illuminate the burden of IPV, focusing on risk and protective factors; associated stigma and discrimination; and the impacts on individuals, families, communities, and institutions. Additionally, the workshop will explore promising opportunities for prevention, highlighting approaches that are evidence-informed and cross-sectoral.
The workshop will be planned and conducted by an international ad hoc committee that will develop the workshop agenda, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. Selected speakers will be drawn from diverse areas expertise on the issue. Members of the IOM Forum on Global Violence Prevention and UNAS would be involved in the planning process and represented on the workshop agenda. Utilizing the extensive contacts of the IOM and UNAS, invited workshop participants would include influential policy makers, civil society members, representatives from multilateral agencies working in the region, academic researchers, members of the media, and other key stakeholders. Following the conclusion of the workshop, a product summarizing the content of the workshop will be prepared and published. The summary will be written to inform local researchers, civil society groups, policy makers and other decision makers with the goal of furthering greater and more effective multisectoral collaboration for prevention.
* Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention refer to the three levels of public health prevention: primary prevention aims to prevent violence from occurring in the first place (reducing both incidence and prevalence); secondary prevention aims to stop violence from spreading further once it has occurred or is at high risk of occurring; and tertiary prevention seeks to mitigate the consequences of violence after it has occurred.