Final Evaluation: Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence against Pregnant and Lactating Women (Viet Nam)
Location: Viet Nam
Grantee: Institute for Development and Community Health
Grant period: January 2016 – December 2018
Grant amount: $386,452
Summary: The Institute for Development and Community Health launched the initiative “Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence against Pregnant and Lactating Women” in Kien Xuong district, Thai Binh province, in order to: 1) better protect women, particularly pregnant and lactating women, from intimate partner violence; 2) empower women to better respond to such violence; and 3) address the cultural norms that contribute to the violence. The project instituted screening for intimate partner violence and counselling, established a hotline, conducted home visits, and organized community-level communication events.
Main findings of the evaluation:
- The project increased capacity for home visits and screening for intimate partner violence. As a result, 1,241 pregnant and lactating women received information on pregnancy care services, breastfeeding and intimate partner violence.
- The evaluation found that husbands and mother-in-laws actively participated in counseling and communication activities to raise their awareness regarding SGBV.
- Household visits and counselling activities were found to be a suitable approach for such sensitive issues.
- Nearly 99 per cent of pregnant and lactating mothers interviewed said they had received counselling on health care.