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NABILAN PREVALENCE STUDY

WHAT: We worked with The Asia Foundation, implementing a quantitative study on violence against women and children in Timor-Leste, which served as the baseline for their Nabilan Program on ending violence against women and children.

WHO: The study interviewed 1,426 women, aged 15-49, and 839 men, aged 18-49. Beyond this – the study informed the approach of the 8-year Nabilan Program, impacting many more.

HOW: ·The methodology used was informed by two separate approaches. The WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women methodology was used for the women’s survey and the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence methodology was used for the men’s survey.

WHY: ·The Nabilan Prevalence Study was the first nationally-representative prevalence study on violence against women in Timor-Leste using the WHO methodology. Although a Demographic and Health Survey, including a domestic violence component, had been conducted before, this was the first survey specifically focused on violence against women. As such, it delivered a much more accurate picture of the prevalence and patterns of violence against women in Timor-Leste and was the first study to calculate the risk factors for both intimate partner violence against women and non-partner sexual violence. In this way, the study helped to ensure that the Nabilan Program was based on recent and contextually-relevant data. Additionally, the male survey was the first study on men’s perpetration of violence against women in Timor-Leste and helped stakeholders better understand ways to address men’s perpetration of violence against women.