Institute for Development and Community Health (LIGHT)

Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence among Pregnant and Lactating Women

Focus area: Strengthening Institutional Response, Improving Service Delivery

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Intimate partner violence during pregnancy and lactation is a widespread global health issue that has received insufficient attention. Studies suggest that in Viet Nam, 58 per cent of women who have been married report experiencing at least one form of violence and that 87 per cent of those affected did not seek external support. There are no interventions in Viet Nam to prevent and protect women against intimate partner violence during pregnancy and lactation. This project aims to address this critical gap.

Photo: Institute for Development and Community Health (LIGHT)

The overall goal of this pilot project is to improve the safety, health and well-being of pregnant and lactating women in Kien Xuong district, Thai Binh province, by reducing the prevalence and severity of episodes of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. The project will provide training to counsellors and health-care workers to enable them to provide counselling at health facilities when women visit for antenatal and postnatal care and through a free telephone hotline. It will also provide them with training to conduct home visits and address the cultural and family norms surrounding intimate partner violence. The project hopes to serve as a model for scaling up interventions for preventing and reducing violence against women during and immediately after pregnancy in Viet Nam and other low and middle-income countries and make an important contribution to the evidence base for preventing intimate partner violence during pregnancy.

Grant Amount: USD 386,632

Project duration: 1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2018