Prevention of Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Current Projects

Impact of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence on the Dynamics of Conflict (2020-)

Investigators: Jacqui True & Sara E. Davies

Project Type: Australian Research Council Discovery Project


This project aims to understand the impact of sexual and gender-based violence on the dynamics of conflict. With an innovative mixed method design it will study all reported incidences of sexual and gender-based violence in 41 conflict-affected countries between 1998 and 2018. It will generate new knowledge establishing how and when crimes of sexual and gender-based violence affect the onset and intensity of conflict. The expected outcomes of this project include the identification of the most high-risk situations, the phases of violence, and the improvement of risk assessments for such violence. The project will significantly benefit the prevention of sexual and gender- based violence in conflict-affected situations globally.

Past Projects

The Political Economy of Post-conflict Violence against Women​ (2015-2019)

Investigator: Jacqui True

Project type: Australian Research Council Future Fellowship


Led by Prof. Jacqui True this fellowship project examines post-conflict and political transitions as major opportunities for advancing women’s rights and participation. Yet an apparent spike in sexual and gender-based violence against women hinders these opportunities once armed conflict is stabilised or regime change is achieved. This project seeks to explain the causes of that violence and its consequences for women’s economic and political participation in different environments. The research will compare post-conflict, political transition and non-conflict countries across two regions, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa, examining the gender inequalities, regional patterns, and global forces that appear to heighten violence against women and hinder women’s participation.

Jacqui True. Violence against Women: What Everyone Needs to Know® (OUP, 2021).

Sara E. Davies and Jacqui True eds. The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace, and Security (OUP, 2019).

WILPF Report: A Feminist Perspective on Post-Conflict Restructuring and Recovery (2017).

This project has had the following academic publications to date:

Preventing Mass Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Asia Pacific (2014-2019)

Investigators: Sara DaviesJacqui True

Project Type: Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Project Website:

Open Access Preventing Mass Sexual Violence in Asia Pacific Database:


The Prevention of Sexual Violence in Asia Pacific project is concerned with understanding the relationship between endemic violence against women with widespread and systematic sexual and gender based violence. We are documenting all reports of violence against women and girls in three countries: Philippines, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The purpose is to understand the relationship between political violence, violence against women and spikes in sexual violence atrocities against these populations. The study covers 1998 to ongoing period. We are also conducting fieldwork in each of the three cases to identify reporting gaps and supplement our database on reporting patterns.

This project has had the following academic publications to date:

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