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Emory: Researchers Awarded NIH Grant to Improve Measures of Violence Against Women to Support Prevention

One-third of women worldwide have experienced lifetime physical and/or sexual Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Emory researchers are advocating for better measurement of IPV to monitor trends and to determine IPV prevalence.

Dr. Kathryn Yount, professor and Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Global Health, and Dr. Cari Jo Clark, associate professor of global health, both at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, recently received a $936,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to measure rates of IPV across countries to advance gender equality, empower women and eliminate gender-based violence.

Because common instruments to measure IPV have not been rigorously validated across geography and over time, policymakers do not have clear guidance on the best methods to monitor trends or to assess the impacts of IPV prevention programs.

“Having measures of IPV that are validated across time and place will better inform key stakeholders about countries’ progress toward eliminating violence against women,” says Dr. Yount. Data analyzed in this study will be used to make recommendations on the efficacy of programs to prevent violence against women. “Better evidence and tools to measure IPV also will enable policy makers to make more informed decisions about the allocation of resources to prevent violence against women.”

The study will be guided by an advisory board of individuals that measure IPV globally. “Their insight is essential to ensure that findings are relevant and accurately assess program impact,” says Dr. Clark. Based at key international organizations and survey firms, “our advisors are positioned to immediately recommend measurement or analytic changes that could have global impact.”

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