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An Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence.

Researching Violence Against Women: A Practical Guide for Researchers and Activists

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"This manual has been developed in response to the growing need to improve the quality, quantity, and comparability of international data on physical and sexual abuse. It outlines some of the methodological and ethical challenges of conducting research on violence against women and describes a range of innovative techniques that have been used to address these challenges... The manual draws on the collective experiences and insights of many individuals, most notably the members of the International Research Network on Violence Against Women (IRNVAW), an ad hoc group of researchers and activists that meets periodically to share experiences regarding research on violence."

Contents Include:

  • Violence Against Women as a Health and Development Issue
  • Ethical Considerations for Researching Violence Against Women
  • Developing a Research Strategy
  • Quantitative Approaches to Research
  • Qualitative Approaches to Research
  • The Challenge of Defining and Measuring Violence in Quantitative Research
  • Developing a Sampling Strategy
  • Tools for Collecting Quantitative Data
  • Tools for Collecting Qualitative Data
  • Building your Research Team
  • Analyzing Quantitative Data
  • Analyzing Qualitative Data
  • From Research to Action
  • Appendices include: The WHO Violence Against Women Instrument, Training Exercises for Interviewers, and Suggested Resources

 

NOTE: This manual focuses primarily on the issue of violence against women by their intimate partners.