Advocacy interventions to reduce or eliminate violence and promote the physical and psychosocial well‐being of women who experience intimate partner abuse
Citation: Rivas C, Ramsay J, Sadowski L, et al. Advocacy interventions to reduce or eliminate violence and promote the physical and psychosocial well‐being of women who experience intimate partner abuse: a systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews 2016; 2
What is this: There have been increases in domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information is needed on interventions to promote the well-being of women who experience intimate partner abuse.
In this Campbell systematic review, the authors searched for randomized or quasi‐randomized trials of the effects on intimate partner violence and women’s wellbeing of advocacy interventions, among women aged 15 years and over. They did not restrict by language of publication and did their search in April 2015. They included 11 randomized and 2 quasi-randomized trials (total: 2141 participants).
What works: Brief advocacy interventions may reduce depression and improve quality of life for women who have experienced intimate partner abuse.
More intensive advocacy interventions may reduce physical abuse for women who have experienced intimate partner abuse.
What doesn’t work: Brief interventions are not effective in reducing physical or sexual abuse for women who have experienced intimate partner abuse
What’s uncertain: The effects of these interventions when delivered in the context of social distancing are uncertain.
The effects of intensive advocacy interventions delivered remotely are uncertain.
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