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Course: Researching Gender-Based Violence. Methods and Meaning

This course aims to strengthen participants’ knowledge and skills to conduct or commission technically rigorous, ethical and policy- and service-relevant research on various forms of violence against women.


Gender-based violence is prevalent globally. It occurs in many forms, including intimate partner violence, rape and coerced sex, child sexual abuse, and human trafficking. Such forms of gender-based violence are a significant risk factor for poor health, impacting on individuals’ physical, sexual and psychological health, as well as their social and economic well-being. Evidence from rigorously conducted research is essential to ensuring that policies and services to prevent and respond to violence are well-designed and appropriate to the context where women and men live. Yet, conducting action-oriented research on gender-based violence that is robust and carried out in ethical and safe ways requires specific methodological approaches.

The course is intended for individuals who will conduct or commission research on gender-based violence.  It will be of particular interest to those who want to add a ‘violence component’ to study that is quantitative or qualitative study or an intervention evaluation. It is relevant for individuals working on health-related topics such as, sexual and reproductive health, maternal health, HIV, mental health and substance use.


This is a specialised course focusing on methods to research gender based violence. Participants are expected have some prior familiarity or experience with conducting research, and relevant knowledge about the subject of gender based violence. Teaching will be conducted in English and participants will need sufficient language skills to read course materials and participate actively in group discussions. Participants will be expected to have an undergraduate degree and ideally, some post graduate training in research methods.  Knowledge of computers and a basic knowledge of word for Windows and Excel is also essential.

Course Content

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Conceptualising and researching various forms of gender-based violence.
  • Associations between violence and health: current knowledge.
  • Ethics and safety.
  • Approaches to researching violence: qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, intervention research.
  • Developing conceptual frameworks for violence and health research.
  • Survey research on violence and questionnaire design.
  • Special circumstances and practical tips for specific contexts.
  • Intervention research: approaches and challenges.
  • Qualitative research on violence.
  • Violence research in health care settings.
  • Practical planning and budgeting for studies on violence

How to Apply?

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