Sexual Violence Research Initiative

The SVRI is a global research initiative that aims to promote good quality research in the area of sexual violence, particularly in low and middle income countries. The SVRI believes that prevention efforts and service provision must be informed by sound research and evidence. We are building an experienced and committed network of researchers, policy makers, activists and donors to ensure that the many aspects of sexual violence are addressed from the perspective of different disciplines and cultures. The work of the SVRI is guided by a Coordinating Group of experts from different disciplines, networks of organisations on sexual violence and global regions.

Key activities of the SVRI include:

Promoting priority driven research
To focus attention on and funnel limited resources to redress knowledge gaps in the field and encourage evidence based programming the SVRI has developed a brochure and research agenda for sexual violence.   Download the SVRI Research Agenda
Building evidence for primary prevention of SGBV
Guided by the research agenda, the SVRI supports projects and promotes research on sexual and intimate partner violence in low- and middle-income countries to build the evidence for primary prevention of SGBV.
SVRI on the web
The SVRI shares sexual violence materials and resources using multiple e-platforms including:  SVRI website, SVRI Facebook and SVRI on Twitter (@TheSVRI).
SVRI listserv and helpdesk
The SVRI listserv enables the SVRI to provide members with a weekly update on sexual violence related resources including: publications; journal articles; funding opportunities; vacancy alerts; international events and news items. The SVRI helps researchers to find tools and related information on sexual violence research via
SVRI-commissioned papers
Guided by the sexual violence research agenda the SVRI commissions’ papers and desk reviews which seek to fill gaps in the field of sexual violence. For more information on SVRI publications go to
SVRI Forums
The SVRI hosts a bi-annual, international conference – the SVRI Forum. SVRI Forums provide a platform for researchers, practitioners and others to learn from each other’s work, discuss methodological experiences and research findings, to network, share lessons, and to link research with policy and practice and disseminate new and exciting findings in the field. The Forums also offers targeted capacity building opportunities through pre-conference workshops, whilst the SVRI Forum research awards provide researchers an opportunity to be recognised for their efforts, and promote excellence in the field.
Capacity-building workshops and events
The SVRI organizes workshops and training events to build the capacity of researchers and practitioners in various areas related to sexual violence.

For more information, or to join the SVRI visit us online at or email us at