Impact of Indashyikirwa in Reducing IPV in Rwanda
This is a summary of the impact made by the Indashyikirwa intervention in reducing the experiences and perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV) in rural Rwanda. The intervention sought to shift beliefs and social norms that drive IPV among couples and in communities. It aimed to foster more equitable, non-violent relationships, and to ensure more supportive responses to survivors of IPV.
The intervention was evaluated through a community randomised controlled trial (cRCT) and qualitative research. This impact evaluation found substantial and statistically significant reductions in the experience of physical and/or sexual IPV at 24 months follow up among women and men who participated in the Indashyikirwa couples’ curriculum.