Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a global issue that is estimated to affect around 30 percent of women during their lifetime. In sub-Saharan Africa this problem is compounded by the risk of contracting HIV. Whilst these two issues have been addressed separately, they are known to be closely linked. Interventions targeting individuals have sought to address both of these public health burdens with varying degrees of success. Now in a study in BMC Medicine, Charlotte Watts from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, Lori Michau from Raising Voices, Uganda, and colleagues present the results of the first trial in sub-Saharan Africa to employ a community based intervention to reduce IPV and the associated risk of HIV, called the SASA! Study. Here Watts and Michau discuss why research into IPV has been neglected, the challenges and benefits of community based interventions in this field, and what's next for the SASA! Study.
In addition to the research, the Biome Q&A article with Charlotte Watts and Lori Michau is also live on this link: