Sexual Violence and Abuse in the Aid Workplace

Sexual violence and harassment is a reality in the humanitarian workplace. Yet, sexual violence in humanitarian settings is rarely reported as a security or safety incident.

Aid agencies have a duty of care to respond to incidents of sexual violence against their staff. Sexual violence in all its forms violates human rights. Incidents of this kind are deeply distressing for the survivor, their family, their colleagues and the whole aid community. Sexual violence incidents also have the potential to leave survivors with lifelong physical and mental health problems.

We offer a reporting mechanisms for survivors of sexual violence and abuse at the aid workplace to document the problem and to highlight where change is needed.

We are collaborating with Disaster Ready to provide content for a mobile app for survivors, their friends and colleagues who want to support them.

We have previously worked with Report the Abuse to whom many individuals reported their experience of sexual violence and abuse. Following the organisations closure due to a lack of funding, we have taken on the reporting facility.

We work closely with EISF. EISF’s latest guide ‘Managing Sexual Violence against Aid Workers: prevention, preparedness, response and aftercare’ provides information for aid agencies in preventing, being prepared for and responding to incidents of sexual violence against their staff.

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Listen to Megan Nobert – Founder and Former Director of Report the Abuse – share her advice on how NGOs should respond if a member of staff reports an incident of sexual violence.

SIIM Guidance Handbook

SIIM Guidance Handbook

Tool 7: Good practice in gender-sensitive incident reporting & complaints mechanisms for reporting SEA. Access the tool kit

Data

Data

Selective quick charts and datasets are available on the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX).

Terms and Definitions

Terms and Definitions


Find out which categories of sexual violence and abuse we cover and how they are defined. Read our definitions