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Approximately 4 Hours (Self-Paced)


Gender-based violence (GBV) and violence against women and girls (VAWG), have been described as a global pandemic that affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime. Stemming from persistent gender inequalities, GBV manifests itself in various forms across societies. In addition to physical and sexual violence, violence against women and girls includes psychological and emotional harm and abuse, economic violence, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, so-called honor killings of women and girls, trafficking of women and girls, female infanticide and other harmful traditional practices. Intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence are among the most common and insidious forms of violence against women and girls. According to a 2013 global review by the World Health Organization (WHO), 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.
GBV has detrimental and long-term consequences to the well-being, health and safety of women and girls, along with economic consequences, effects on educational outcomes, and impact on the productivity and development of societies and countries. Despite extensive commitment and efforts to respond and prevent GBV, many women and girls have little or no access to the support and services that can protect them, assist in keeping them safe, and address the consequences of experiencing violence. The international obligation to exercise due diligence requires States to establish effective measures to prevent, investigate and prosecute cases of violence against women. This includes effective means to respond to each case of violence, as well as address the structural and root causes and consequences of the violence, by ensuring comprehensive legal and policy frameworks, gender sensitive justice systems and police, available health and social services, awareness raising activities and ensuring a quality service delivery to all GBV survivors on a non-discriminatory basis. The root causes of all forms of GBV lie in a society’s attitudes towards and practices of gender discrimination. Addressing the root causes through prevention activities requires sustained, long term action with change occurring slowly over a long period of time.This training course aims to help justice service providers enhance their understanding of gender-based violence, it’s different forms and factors contributing to its emergence and persistence, its effects and consequences, as well as the basic guidelines and considerations related to the procedures of justice systems, especially the judiciary, in responding to gender-based violence based on international standards and guidelines of the Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence developed by several UN Agencies including UN Women, UNFPA, WHO, UNDP and UNODC.


All workers in the justice sector including judges, lawyers, prosecutors, legal aid providers, court administrators, paralegals, and victim support/social services staff among others.


The training course helps justice service providers to enhance their understanding of gender-based violence, the factors contributing to its emergence and persistence, its effects and consequences, the different forms of gender-based violence, and the basic guidelines and considerations related to the procedures of justice systems, especially the judiciary, in responding to gender-based violence based on international standards.

The course specifically aims at:

  • Promoting service providers’ capacities to provide appropriate, comprehensive and high-quality response to gender-based violence.
  • Promoting the standards and behaviors of judges and improving judicial performance in all practices of various criminal procedures related to gender-based violence.
  • Improving access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence and reducing the risk of secondary victimization.


  • Module I: Introducing Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).
  • Module II: Understanding GBV.
  • Module III: Main Principles, Approaches and Effective Strategies for Combatting SGBV.
  • Module IV: Responding to SGBV – Specific to Justice and Policing.
  • Module V: Responding to SGBV – Specific to the Justice Service Sector.


The course Justice System Response to Sexual and Gender based Violence has five modules.

Each module contains several short quizzes and a final assessment. For the quizzes you must get at least 50% of the questions right to pass as well as the passing score for the final assessment is 50%. After you pass the assessment, the system will make a record of your score and you will be able to receive your certificate upon completion. If you do not pass, you may repeat the assessment multiple times to pass. The system will save only your highest score.
The modules must be completed in order and only upon successful completion of the previous module you will be able to unlock the following one. You may complete the course at your own pace. You can leave the training module at any time and resume later.
You will receive a course certificate upon successful completion of all five modules and filling out the satisfaction questionnaire at the end of the course.


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