The issue of sexual violence in conflict and emergencies has recently received an unprecedented amount of attention at the highest political and institutional levels. However, reviews of interventions to prevent and respond to sexual violence in humanitarian settings have repeatedly pointed to the lack of evidence on which to base interventions. From a public health perspective, this apparent lack of an evidence base for responding effectively to the needs of survivors is worrisome. In this article, Doris Schopper illustrates the lack of evidence on which humanitarian actors base their responses, and why it matters, before discussing how to improve the evidence base.
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