The RESPECT framework, grounded in human rights and gender equality principles, provides step-by-step guidance on how to design, implement, monitor and evaluate interventions and programmes on preventing violence against women.
Preventing violence against women begins with RESPECT women - and a collective commitment to act today.

Who is it intended for?

The RESPECT women framework is designed primarily for policy makers, recognizing that they have an important role in scaling up evidence-based prevention strategies at the national and local levels.
Programme implementers and researchers working on preventing and responding to violence against women will also find it useful, as they have a key role to play in innovating, adapting and evaluating prevention programmes.

how it works?

This framework guides policymakers through ten steps from knowing the facts to committing to action.


Relationship skills strengthened

Strengthening people’s interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills, and promoting equitable decision making.

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Empowerment of women

Enabling women to build self-efficacy, assertiveness, confidence and negotiation skills.

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Services ensured

Providing services for survivors of violence, including health, police, legal and social to mitigate its consequences and prevent recurring violence.

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Poverty reduced

Alleviating household poverty and reducing poverty-related stressors or triggers of violence.

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Environments made safe

Creating safe schools, work environments and public spaces, among others

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Child and adolescent abuse prevented

Promoting gender equitable and nurturing relationships between and among parents, educators, children and adolescents.

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Transformed attitudes, beliefs and norms

Challenging harmful gender attitudes, beliefs and stereotypes and promoting egalitarian norms.

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Preventing violence against women is possible. The past decade has seen a significant increase in programmes, research and evaluation on what works to prevent violence against women. The RESPECT framework presents current evidence on each of its seven strategies and the interventions within them.