Shifting the focus from after, to before, the act of rape

On August 7 in Melbourne, Australia at the Schofield Oration forensic specialists gathered to present a new way of considering the evidence around rape in order to prevent it from ever occurring. Professor Rachel Jewkes, Director of the What Works to Prevent Violence Global Programme, presented the guest lecture for the event, on ‘What Works: Strategies for preventing sexual violence’. In it, she presented a global overview of evidence from programmes that have shown to be promising in their efforts to reduce the incidence of sexual and physical violence. She also provided an overview of how violence against women is being viewed through a public health lens, to understand the risk and protective factors that can be influenced in order to prevent violence from occurring.

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