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Physical, sexual and psychological intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence against women and girls: a systematic review protocol for producing global, regional and country estimates
  1. Heidi Stöckl1,
  2. Lynnmarie Sardinha2,
  3. Mathieu Maheu-Giroux3,
  4. Sarah R Meyer2,
  5. Claudia García-Moreno2
  1. 1Gender, Violence and Health Centre, Global Health and Development, LSHTM, London, UK
  2. 2The UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  3. 3Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Claudia García-Moreno; garciamorenoc{at}who.int

Abstract

Introduction In 2013, the WHO published the first global and regional estimates on physical and sexual intimate partner violence (IPV) and non-partner sexual violence (NPSV) based on a systematic review of population-based prevalence studies. In this protocol, we describe a new systematic review for the production of updated estimates for IPV and NPSV for global monitoring of violence against women, including providing the baseline for measuring Sustainable Development Goal to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

Methods and analysis The systematic review will update and extend the previous search for population-based surveys (either nationally or subnationally representative) conducted among women aged 15+ years that measured the prevalence of physical, sexual, psychological and physical and/or sexual IPV, NPSV or sexual violence by any perpetrator up to December 2019. Data will be extracted separately for all age groups, setting (urban/rural), partnership status (currently partnered/ever partnered/all women) and recall period (lifetime prevalence/past 12 months). Studies will be identified from electronic searches of online databases of EMBASE, MEDLINE, Global Health and PsycInfo. A search of national statistics office homepages will be conducted for each country to identify reports on population-based, national or subnational studies that include data on IPV or NPSV published outside academic journals. Two reviewers will be involved in quality assessment and data extraction of the review. The review is planned to be updated on a continuous basis. All findings will undergo a country consultation process.

Ethics and dissemination Formal ethical approval is not required, as primary data will not be collected. This systematic review will provide a basis and a follow-up tool for global monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goal Target 5.2 on the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.

PROSPERO registration number CRD42017054100.

  • public health
  • epidemiology
  • statistics & research methods
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  • Contributors HS adapted the original search strategy and study design to align it with the discussions on global monitoring of Violence Against Women, including measurement of the indicators related to Sustainable Development Goal Target 5.2. and developed the inclusion of psychological abuse and any sexual violence into the search and analysis, expanded the search strategy to capture data and reports outside the peer-reviewed literature, participated in deciding on the analysis strategy and drafted the current manuscript. LS inputted into the adapted search strategy, study design and data extraction sheet, refined inclusion and exclusion criteria and quality indicators and has been involved in all decisions regarding the current search protocol and this manuscript. MM-G contributed to the establishment of the list of key covariates and study characteristics to collect, methods to check the database for integrity and consistency, and conceived the data analysis plan. SRM inputted into the adapted search strategy, study design and data extraction sheet, refined inclusion and exclusion criteria and quality indicators and has been involved in all decisions regarding the current search protocol and this manuscript. CG-M co-conceived the original search strategy and study design, inputted into the data extraction sheet, inclusion and exclusion criteria and quality indicators, has been involved in all decisions regarding the current search protocol and this manuscript and provides technical oversight to the whole project. She is the guarantor of the review. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding This work received funding from the Department for international Development, through the UN Women-WHO Joint Programme on Strengthening Violence Against Women Measurment and Data Collection and the UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), a cosponsored programme executed by the WHO.

  • Disclaimer The funders had no role in the design of the review. Grand number: Not applicable.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting, or dissemination plans of this research.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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