Preventing Partner Violence: Working with Couples
Intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention programming in the Global South initially focused on working with women. Yet, over the last few years this has expanded to engaging both women and men both in small group work and at the community level. More recently, some violence prevention programs have begun specifically targeting couples.
This practice brief explores the emerging area of working with couples on violence prevention, highlighting three programs using this approach in Africa: Indashyikirwa in Rwanda, Becoming One in Uganda, and Unite for a Better Life in Ethiopia. Although impact evaluations of these programs are not yet available, this practice brief is informed by qualitative research findings, reflections from program staff on the value of working with couples and issues that need to be considered during program design. It contains lessons that may be useful for practitioners looking to enter this field and for organizations planning to expand into couples programming.