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Literature Review: Ending Violence against Women and Girls

This review of literature documents the state of violence against women and girls (VAWG) globally and in Australia by referring to a wide range of available evidence. As such, it reviews evidence on VAGW trends and as well as approaches to ending violence, focusing particularly on Asia and the Pacific. It seeks to provide evidence that is most relevant to the Australian Government’s aid programme and as well as other stakeholders to better strategise contextually relevant investments to end VAWG.

Contents of the Review of Literature

The review is comprised of background information on violence against women and girls globally and in Australia as a public health concern. It accompanies key information on drivers of violence, intersections between violence against women and violence against children, and global commitments to end VAWG.

The review captures available evidence on prevalence and patterns in VAWG with a special focus on Asia and the Pacific. It highlights the variations in prevalence, forms, and patterns of VAWG across different contexts, and different and intersecting violence among diverse populations such as women and girls with disabilities and gender and sexually diverse persons.

Provided in this review are best practices to end violence against women globally, specifically in relation to service provision, access to justice, social norms change, etc. It also provides an overview of approaches to ending VAWG in humanitarian contexts.

Date published
  • 2018
Author(s)
  • Emma Fulu
  • Xian Warner
Published by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade