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  • 25th Nov 2019

Applying behavioral insights to Intimate Partner Violence

Improving Services for Survivors in Latin America and the Caribbean

Key findings

  • 1 in 3 women in Latin America have been physically or sexually abused by their partners. Our report with @the_IDB explores how behavioural insights could expand policymakers’ toolkits, improve survivor services and lead to better outcomes for women. #16Days #TimeisNow
  • “Many survivors have been threatened by their partners, they’re scared to contact us, they don’t know about the support available or who to ask for help” Our report with @the_IDB explores how BI can be used to fight Intimate Partner Violence in Latin America #IDEVAW #16Days

In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), it is estimated that 29.8 percent of every partnered women have been physically or sexually abused by their partners (WHO, 2013). Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a leading cause of death, accounting for 34 percent of all female murders worldwide (UNODC, 2018). It has severe physical, mental, and reproductive health consequences for survivors and their dependents, and poses large social and economic costs to present and future generations (WHO, 2013).

Governments in the LAC region have undertaken a number of legislative and policy initiatives in an effort to prevent and respond to IPV. This report leverages insights from the behavioral sciences, including behavioral economics, social psychology and neuroscience, to provide recommendations to improve the design of survivor services in the LAC region and, ultimately, to lead to better life outcomes for women.

We aim to provide policymakers and service providers with:

  1. A diagnosis—informed by qualitative research—of potential behavioral barriers that service providers and survivors face in the process of delivering and accessing services, respectively; and
  2. Proposed interventions ideas, informed by a review of the behavioral science literature, that can be tailored to existing services and evaluated for impact.

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