Services ensured

Providing quality services to those who have experienced violence is an important part of the prevention continuum. First, prevention interventions often increase the numbers of women who disclose violence and who are likely to need police, social, legal and health services... Second, health providers, for example, can identify survivors as part of routine health care provision. When done early, it may be possible to reduce recurrence of violence..

The objective of this strategy is to meet the needs of survivors of violence and seek to prevent further violence through the provision of essential services like police, legal, health and social services.

Types of interventions

Interventions to increase access to services for survivors of violence include:

  1. Empowerment counselling and providing women with information and accompaniment to access psychosocial support and legal advice.
  2. Shelters or safe accommodation to provide emergency or transitional housing for survivors and their children.
  3. Helplines including telephone and online modalities to provide crisis interventions where survivors or those close to them can obtain information
    about where and how to access support.
  4. One-stop crisis centres providing several services (including health, legal, social and police services) usually from one location.
  5. Alcohol misuse prevention interventions targeting perpetrators of violence who abuse alcohol or other substances.
  6. Perpetrator interventions targeting men who have been court mandated, following an arrest, to reduce reoffending.
  7. Women’s police stations/units that provide specialised services for women who have experienced violence; are often staffed by female police officers.


See pages 4-7 of the S strategy summary brief for evidence for interventions under this strategy.

programme examples

Empowerment counselling:

The community advocacy project (USA)
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Empowerment intervention for pregnant women (USA, Hong Kong, India, Peru)
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Shelters/safe accommodations:

Maiti Nepal Transit Homes
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One-stop crisis centres:

Isange One Stop Centre (Rwanda)
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Thuthuzela Care Centres (South Africa)
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Dilaasa Crisis Centres
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Alcohol misuse prevention interventions:

Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA, Zambia)
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Women’s Health Co-op (South Africa)
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Women’s police stations:

Comisaria de la Mujer (Argentina)
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Delegacias Especualizad as de Atendimento das Mulheres (Brazil)
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SAWA women’s protection helpline (Occupied Palestinian Territories)
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