Prevention and response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in COVID-19

This document explains why there is an elevated risk of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) during the COVID-19 pandemic, who is likely to be most affected and what operational approaches can be adopted to prevent, mitigate or respond to SGBV.

The guidance also includes diplomatic messages to support decision-makers in preventing and responding to SGBV and brief guidance on how to ensure staff and volunteers are protected in their SGBV prevention and response efforts.