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The GBV Working Group
What is the GBV Working Group?
The Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Working Group has over 100 GBV project managers, gender advisors, and other CARE staff that work on GBV projects. The overall goal of the working group is to enhance GBV program quality through cross-learning and peer-to-peer support. The working group provides an informal mechanism for program staff to share challenges, resources, and queries with one another in a safe space. Leigh Stefanik is the facilitator for the group.
For more information, or to join the working group (CARE staff only), contact Leigh Stefanik (
Terms of Reference GBV Working Group
Summary of Discussion on GBV Prevention and Conflict Resolution
This discussion focuses on the challenges of GBV prevention in our work, and specifically on the challenge of preventing conflicts/disagreements from escalating into violence.
Summary of Discussion on care of staff working on GBV
This joint discussion between the GBV and GED Institutional Working Groups focused on the safety and well-being of staff working on gender-based violence programming.
Summary of Discussion on cost of violence against women
This topic has emerged as a common area of interest across various COs. In response to a request from one of our members, the group shared resources, tools and learning on costing violence against women.
CARE Burundi shared their organizational
policy on psychosocial support for staff
(in French) and
key roles and criteria for psychosocial advisors
CARE Austria shared their
for country offices on how to integrate a psychosocial dimension into women's empowerment programming. This guide includes chapters on integrating psychosocial support for GBV survivors as well as staff into programming.
CARE Austria shared
Psychological First Aid
, which is useful guidance on how to deal with people in desperation.
Costing violence against women:
CARE Bangladesh -
Cost of Violence against Women (COVAW) Toolkit - Understanding the Monetary Cost of Domestic Violence
World Bank (2005) -
The costs and impacts of GBV in developing countries: Methodological considerations and new evidence
ICRW (2007) -
Estimating the costs of intimate partner violence in developing countries: A methodological resource guide
ICRW (2004) -
Costs of Intimate Partner Violence at the Household and Community Levels: An Operational Framework for Developing Countries
WHO, 2004 -
The Economic Dimensions of Interpersonal Violence
Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women -
Toolkit: Calculating the Cost of Domestic Violence
USAID, (2010) -
Gender-based Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Review of Demographic and Health Findings
- this paper reviews the DHS data on GBV and cost and how it has been used in national planning in Africa.
Pakistan case study (2012) -
The Socio-Economic Cost of Violence against Women: A Case Study of Karachi
(Social Policy and Development Centre) - analyzes nature and intensity of cost of VAW to individuals and societies. Inclues a nice overview of theories on what causes VAW.
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