Violence Prevention & Response Project


BDRCS-IFRC-ARC “Violence Prevention & Response Project”

Project at a glance:



Project title

Violence Prevention & Response Project


15,000 Households including Mother, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent

82,500 people (5.5 per family times 15,000)

Project duration

July 2018 – June 2019

Project location

5 MCH Centres from- (1 in Urban and 4 in rural context)

Dhaka: Jamila khatun MCH Center, Lalbag, Dhaka.

Khulna: Shreefoltola MCH Center, Khulna.

Borishal: Kajlakathi MCH Center, Borishal.

Shatkhira: Tetulia MCH Center, Shatkhira

And Horinogor MCH Center, Shatkhira.

Project Financed by

Australian Red Cross

Technical Support by

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Implemented by

Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS).

Project Goal

Increased safety and well-being of women, men, girls and boys in 4 districts of Bangladesh.

Project Objectives

Outcome 1: BDRCS staff and volunteers have an increased understanding and capacity in violence prevention and response issues.

Outcome 2: Target communities have an increased understanding of gender equality issues around violence prevention, response and child marriage.

Priority approaches


Community and local government leaders will get training on VPR so that they understand the rights of marginalized groups so that they can support the program and advocate for the rights of these people. Project will involve relevant government department and local government so that they provide legal support to those vulnerable groups in order to prevent and response to gender-based violence and improve the protection of vulnerable people.


The project will document case of violence and share the relevant department to raise awareness and minimize incidence of violence


The project will use the developed VPR materials for capacity development of change agents


Project will develop linkage between government and beneficiaries so that beneficiaries get information and continued support from government


Project Description:

Gender equality and empowering all women and girls is one of the 17 key global goals for sustainable development (SDG) for the world. It is also acknowledged that without addressing gender-based violence, this goal cannot be achieved; also, it places other SDG outcomes (such as leadership and livelihoods access for women and marginalized people) at risk. One in three women faces physical or sexual violence during her lifetime. After disasters, the risk goes up because of a breakdown in essential services, increased poverty, poor emergency shelter design and inadequate coordination by disaster responders. Thence, elimination of violence against women and addressing the root causes of male-violence are targets adopted by countries all over the world.

Bangladesh has a high prevalence of violence against women and girls as statistics shows. Almost two thirds (72.6%) of ever married women experienced one or more such forms of violence at least once in their lifetime as data shows.

Alongside responding to climate induced disaster victims; Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) is running a network of 56 maternal and child health (MCH) centres particularly in the coastal region for decades. There was a self-reported incident of sexual violence in a cyclone shelter from south-eastern region of Bangladesh in July 2012. A finding from community-based end line survey in July 2015 also showed that more than a quarter of women and men respondents expressed concern about privacy and safety of their daughters and daughters-in-laws.

Keeping all these in concern, BDRCS Health department piloted a project during FY 17/18 in 2 MCH centres - Horinagar MCH center of Satkhira district and Kazlakati MCH center of Barisal district. The project is named “Violence Prevention and Response” (VP&R). Supported by Australian Red Cross (ARC), the pilot project assigned tasks like partner mapping, materials review workshop, revise/draft VP&R materials, sensitisation workshop on VP&R for BDRCS staffs, handing over 7 lessons cards and training manual in Bangla.

After pilot project (I) period, BDRC health department planned to embark on a full-scale implementation program. Consequently, a basic theory of change, as well as program goals and outcomes were developed which can provide a framework of the project as well as opportunities to look further at violence prevention during emergencies.

Now, the pilot phase (II) of Violence Prevention and Response (VP & R) is implementing by BDRCS Health Department in collaboration with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) with the funding support from Australian Red Cross (ARC). The pilot (II) project period is from June 2018 to June 2019 with the goal – “Increased safety and well-being of women, men, girls and boys in 5 districts of Bangladesh”.

This project is being implemented in 5 MCH centres targeting 15000 households in the community; as well as local leaders, schools, social institutions are involved to raise awareness against Violence prevention and response among people.

Key Activities:

  • Induction and Theory of Change Workshop for VPR Project
  • TOT on Violence Prevention and Response to Community Mid Wife, Red Crescent Youth & Centre Management   Committee, Community Health Promoter
  • Training on Gender Based Violence in Emergencies to BDRCS officials
  • VP&R Workshop for BDRCS departments (branch, CPP volunteers and external NGO representative working in GBV) to incorporate VP&R concept in resilience program
  • Workshop on Violence Prevention and Response for Union Parisad
  • Lessons learned workshop for Community health promoters, volunteers, unit RCY, NGO representatives and midwives
  • Document the existing situation on VPR in the communities (Baseline Study)
  • VPR Sessions at community/Household Visit
  • Community Mobilisation Event - Folk Song/Drama at schools and communities
  • IEC/Behaviour change communication materials including leaflet, poster, message calendar