Social and welfare issues


Supporting Lives Free from Intimate Partner Violence

Towards Better Integration of Services for Victims/Survivors

Many OECD governments regularly identify violence against women as the top gender equality issue their country faces. Yet in all countries, addressing this multifaceted issue presents serious governance and implementation challenges as victims/survivors have complex needs both during and after experiences of violence. Different service delivery providers such as health, justice, housing and social protection must work together seamlessly – across governmental and non-governmental providers – to provide an effective response. This report presents a stocktaking of OECD governments’ efforts to integrate service delivery to address the most prevalent form of gender-based violence against women: intimate partner violence. It presents an overview of different strategies for coordinating key services commonly offered in OECD countries: healthcare, justice, housing, child services, income support, and preventative programmes to stop the reoccurrence of violence. Based on extensive feedback from 35 out of 38 OECD countries and a consultation with non-governmental service providers, this report identifies best practices and investigates the barriers to resolving one of the most pressing human rights issues in OECD countries today.

Available from February 15, 2023


Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Integrated policies to address gender-based violence
Preventing violence from taking root: Integrated services from prevention to crisis support
Integrated service delivery to support victims/survivors’ physical and mental health
Integrated housing, income, and child-related supports: Addressing acute needs while preparing for a future free from violence
Integrating the justice system in the service delivery response to intimate partner violence
Partnership in practice: Integrating non-governmental partners in the fight against IPV
annexes3 chapters available
OECD Questionnaire on Integrated Service Delivery to Address Gender-Based Violence
2022 OECD Consultation with Non-Governmental Service Providers serving GBV Victims/Survivors
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