Sexual and Gender-based Violence in the Refugee Crisis: Vulnerabilities, Inequalities and Responses

Primary investigator: Professor Hannah Bradby

Other investigators: Dr Saime Ozcurumez, Bilkent University, Turkey, Professor Jenny Phillimore and Dr Lisa Goodson, University of Birimgham, UK, Professor Bernadette McSherry, Dr Karen Block and Dr Cathy Vaughan, University of Melbourne, Australia

Funding: Volksvagen Foundation Global Challenges Programme

Duration: March 2018 – March 2021

Project description: This project aims to understand the incidence and nature of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) experienced by refugees fleeing unrest in the Levant Region to develop appropriate recording, treatment and service responses.

In so doing, it addresses the following research questions:

  1. How is SGBV defined in different countries and what are the implications of definitions for access to treatment and support? 
  2. How can the incidence of SGBV across the refugee journey be systematically recorded? 
  3. What is the nature of that SGBV and where/when are refugees most vulnerable to SGBV? 
  4. How does the experience of SGBV influence refugees’ mental and physical health and ability to integrate and achieve equality of social and economic outcomes in countries of refuge? 
  5. What responses, approaches to treatment, and other supports are effective in assisting refugees who have experienced SGBV?