The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) – a global network of more than 6 000 members – is the world’s largest network on research on violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC), providing a space where global role players in the field connect with one another, share and promote their research, work to influence policies and improve the lives of those who have experienced gender-based violence.
The SVRI became an independent organisation in 2019. It is incorporated as a non-profit organisation under South African law (SVRI NPC 2019/197466/08) having spun out of the SAMRC. The decision to move was taken after extensive consultation with our core donors, advisors, members and partner organisations.
The biennial SVRI Forum enables networking and collaboration to take place, being the face of SVRI, and in the eyes of many, irreplaceable.
The SVRI Forum is a vibrant, informative and safe space for researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, donors and others to share and learn about research, developments and innovations in the field of violence against women and violence against children. It is the largest conference dedicated to research on prevention of and responses to violence against women and violence against children.