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The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) is committed to increasing and strengthening action-oriented research and its uptake to improve and expand violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC) prevention.

SVRI funds innovative research that will contribute to the prevention and response of VAW, VAC, and other forms of violence driven by gender inequality in low- and middle-income countries.

Priority areas for research consist of:

  • nature, prevalence, social context, and risk factors associated with sexual violence;
  • sexual violence prevention;
  • appropriateness and effectiveness of sexual violence services;
  • childhood sexual abuse;
  • sexual violence in conflict and emergency settings; and,
  • HIV and sexual violence.

Application Procedures

Application guidelines are available on the SVRI website. Applications must be submitted online.