“What Works” to reduce and respond to violence against women: Overview of reviews series
As part of the ANROWS “What Works” project, a series of “Overviews of reviews” have been developed to synthesise the findings from large bodies of literature assessing a range of interventions designed to prevent and respond to violence against women.
The three overviews of reviews have now been published. The first provides an overview of the evidence from systematic reviews of respectful relationships and bystander programs in education settings. These programs seek to promote healthy and equal relationships and reduce sexual and dating violence experienced and perpetrated by young people, in and out of relationships, by equipping them with the attitudes, knowledge and skills to confront violence.
The second overview of reviews provides an overview of the evidence from systematic reviews in relation to two key types of interventions for perpetrators: behaviour change interventions and legal and policing interventions.
The third overview of reviews assesses the evidence from existing systemic reviews into the effectiveness of crisis and post-crisis interventions for victims and survivors of sexual violence.
Each overview of reviews explores the background for the particular intervention type, share the results of systematic reviews, provide directions for future research, and outline implications for policy and practice. Given the breadth of the violence against women research landscape, the overviews of reviews are helpful in establishing an understanding of the nature of the evidence base, and how certain interventions compare to similar interventions.
The overviews series is one component part of the “What Works” project. Visit the “What Works” page to read more about the framework of the same name.