Final Evaluation: Safe at Home, Safe in Relationships – A Gender Transformative and Women’s Rights Centred Approach to Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Eswatini and South Africa 

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Final Evaluation: Safe at Home, Safe in Relationships – A Gender Transformative and Women’s Rights Centred Approach to Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Eswatini and South Africa 
Author(s)/editor(s)
ACMERET Solutions Development Consultancy 

Location: South Africa, Eswatini  

Grantee: Sonke Gender Justice  

Grant period: January 2020 - May 2023  

Grant amount: USD 1,363,665  

Authors/editors: ACMERET Solutions Development Consultancy  

Publication year: 2023    

The “Safe at Home, Safe in Relationships” project, funded by the UN Trust Fund, was implemented between January 2020 and May 2023 in Diepkloof (Soweto) and Philippi (Cape Town) in South Africa; and the Manzini region of Eswatini. The project was implemented in partnership with MOSAIC (an African-feminist, community-based, non-governmental organization) and the Swatini Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA). The primary beneficiaries were 12,000 women and girls, including 2,000 women and girls living with disabilities, and 2,000 survivors of gender-based violence.  

The project aimed to: 

  • address intimate partner violence, physical violence, sexual violence, psychological and emotional violence, economic violence, and femicide, all of which were exacerbated by COVID-19 in both countries, as well as by civil unrest in Eswatini; and 
  • build the capacity of women and girls, men and boys and community members, so that they understand harmful gender norms and their link to violence, thereby helping women and girls experience safer, more equitable, and respectful relationships with their male partners and community members. 

The final evaluation found the project had been effective in achieving its intended outcomes.  

Main findings of the evaluation:  

  • The project consistently surpassed its targets while also managing to operate at a lower cost.  
  • Understanding and knowledge of harmful social and cultural norms were reported to be effectively increased through raising awareness and generating demand for services addressing intimate partner violence.  
  • The large majority (88%) of survey respondents reported that the project significantly increased community participation in addressing intimate partner violence and gender-based violence.  
  • The implementation partners SWAGAA and MOSAIC were highly effective. 

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Africa
Resource type(s): Evaluation reports
Publication year
2024