Impact of the SASA! Violence Prevention Intervention
This is a summary of the findings from a cluster randomised controlled trial (RCT) of SASA!—a community mobilisation intervention to prevent violence against women and reduce HIV risk in Kampala, Uganda. The findings consist of the programme’s impact on intimate partner violence and HIV prevention, including effects on relevant attitudes and behaviours.
The study, conducted from 2007 to 2012, compared two groups: communities that received SASA! programming and those where no programming took place. The data were collected via two waves of cross-sectional surveys with community members (18-49 years old): at baseline before the SASA! programme started (n = 1,583) and again at endline, after 2.8 years of programming (n = 2,532).
- 76% of men and women from SASA! communities believed that physical violence against a partner is never acceptable compared to 26% in control communities.
- Women in SASA! communities were 52% less likely to experience physical violence from an intimate partner compared to women in control communities.
- 90% of women in SASA! communities believed that it is acceptable for a woman to refuse to have sex with her partner when she does not feel like it, compared to 73% in control communities.
- Women in SASA! communities were more than two times likely to receive
helpful support than women in control communities.