Preventing Partner Violence: Working with Couples
Intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention programming in the Global South is primarily 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 programmes have begun specifically targeting couples.
This practice brief explores the emerging area of working with couples on violence prevention, highlighting three programmes 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 programmes are not yet available, this practice brief is informed by qualitative research findings, reflections from programme staff on the value of working with couples and issues that need to be considered during programme design. It contains lessons that may be useful for practitioners looking to enter this field and for organisations planning to expand into couples programming.