Formative Research and Development of a Sexual Violence Prevention Intervention for South African Higher Education Institutions

Comprehensive literature reviews conducted by the HEAIDS Task Team that is developing the national policy framework to prevent and respond to sexual assault and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the higher education sector found that there is a lack of rigorously tested and evaluated campus-based interventions in South Africa. In particular, evidence-informed, campus-based interventions that combine sexuality, gender transformation and self-defense components currently do not exist in South Africa. Therefore, research is needed to understand the prevalence and context in which SGBV occurs on South African Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and to inform the development of primary prevention interventions which address its underlying drivers among young women. To fill this critical gap in knowledge and practice, we are conducting formative research and intervention development in South African TVET colleges and universities. The project is expected to contribute to the national policy framework through providing evidence to inform SGBV programming. Moreover, the study will produce a rigorously tested intervention that can be brought to scale for the higher education sector.

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