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In May 2000, with the support of the Global Forum for Health Research, the Key Centre for Research on Women in Melbourne, Australia, hosted a meeting of representatives from all regions of the world and several networks of organizations working on sexual violence.  The group identified a need for a global initiative on sexual violence research.

The SVRI builds on the experience of the WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women and on the other initiatives of the Global Forum for Health Research.

SVRI primary aim is to promote research on sexual violence and generate empirical data that ensures sexual violence is recognised as a priority public health problem

SVRI objectives

  • Increase awareness of sexual violence as a priority public health problem
  • Increase and strengthen the support and funding base for research on sexual violence.
  • Build capacity  and coalition in sexual violence research.
  • Improve knowledge of sexual violence internationally to influence policy and service delivery.

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