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Insights from behavioural sciences to prevent and combat violence against women. Literature review

Sara Rafael Almeida (), Joana Sousa Lourenco (), François Dessart and Emanuele Ciriolo ()
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Sara Rafael Almeida: European Commission - JRC, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en
Joana Sousa Lourenco: European Commission - JRC, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en
Emanuele Ciriolo: European Commission - JRC, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en

No JRC103975, JRC Working Papers from Joint Research Centre (Seville site)

Abstract: This literature review unveils possible behavioural causes of violence against women and presents behavioural levers to its prevention and reduction, along with general principles for effective communication. Several awareness-raising and education initiatives in the field and containing a behavioural component are pointed out. The proposed approach puts a strong focus on the evaluation of actual impact. Four main conclusions are reached: 1. Initiatives should be designed to encourage or discourage a specific behaviour in a well-defined target group; 2. Initiatives should be designed using appropriate behavioural levers; 3. In order to ensure that initiative has the intended effects on the target audience, pretesting is crucial; 4. It is essential to set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely objectives, and to evaluate them. This literature review was carried out to support applicants to a call for proposals published by the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, to co-fund initiatives tackling violence against women in EU Member States.

Keywords: gender studies; violence; behavioural sciences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D91 J16 K38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 50 pages
Date: 2017-01
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