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An Evaluation of an Intervention with Male Partners of Women Survivors of Conflict-Related Rape and IPV in DRC

This report presents findings of a qualitative, time-series evaluation that assessed the Living Peace intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention programme, which targeted the husbands of women who had experienced conflict-related rape and IPV in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The Living Peace intervention focuses on: (1) helping men cope with trauma to reconstruct their identities in nonviolent, gender-transformative ways; (2) reducing stigma against and social exclusion of women who experienced conflict-related rape; (3) building social cohesion. The methodology uses group therapeutic principles.

The impact evaluation was based on two rounds of qualitative research, the first in February 2016 and the second in April 2016, with 40 male Living Peace participants and their families and communities in Goma, North Kivu and Luvungi, South Kivu.

The vast majority of the male respondents who had participated in Living Peace reported that the intervention had helped them adopt more equitable, nonviolent attitudes and behaviours and had positively impacted their intimate and family relationships; they also reported that they continued to observe these changes three years after the intervention.