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Psychological and/or Social interventions - Lower Chance of IPV


Strategy researched

Psychological and/or social interventions (not simply provision of material resources) in individual and group format, sexual and/or health education and counselling, and educational discussion groups, as well as community mobilisation interventions and comprehensive community resource provision that included psychosocial support

Impact achieved

For all RCTs/intimate partner violence (IPV) outcomes combined, interventions performed significantly better than controls at shortest (relative risk (RR) = 0.76, 95% CI = 0.63-0.92, P = 0.004, I2 = 84, 95% CI = 76-91) and longest (RR = 0.73, 95% CI = 0.56-0.89, P = 0.000, I2 = 79, 95% CI = 66-88) follow-up, representing a 24% and 27% lower chance of IPV, respectively.

Country of study


Research methodology

Meta-analysis of 13 RCTs


Journal of Global Health; 2020

Journal paper title and link

Psychosocial interventions for intimate partner violence in low and middle income countries: A meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

Excerpt from Abstract

"Psychosocial interventions reduced any form of IPV by 27% at shortest (relative risk (RR)= 0.73) and 25% at longest (RR= 0.75) follow up. Physical IPV was reduced by 22% at shortest (RR= 0.78) and 27% at longest (RR= 0.73) follow up. Sexual IPV was reduced by 23% at longest follow up (RR= 0.77) but showed no significant effect at shortest follow-up."


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