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Building capacity for SIPV primary prevention research and intervention development in SubSaharan Africa - Lessons Learned

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Introduction

Violence against women is exists across all cultural and socio-economic contexts. Among the various forms of violence that girls and women suffer, sexual violence is often the least visible and least reported. Throughout the world, boys and men are largely the perpetrators of sexual violence [1, 2], and girls and women the victims [3, 4]. It is increasingly understood that men’s use of violence is generally a learned behaviour, rooted in the ways that boys and men are socialized.

Prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence before it occurs in the first place must ultimately be our goal. Prevention is often separated into three phases: Primary prevention, are those interventions and approaches that aim to prevent violence before it occurs; whilst secondary and tertiary prevention, involve approaches that focus on the more immediate responses to violence and the long-term care post violence