Neighborhood Method

A lack of representative data on gender based violence (GBV) has prevented humanitarian aid and human rights communities from being able to identify what community characteristics and interventions are effective at preventing GBV. The shortcomings of present GBV data sources have been explored through a series of compelling studies conducted by the CPC Network. Network partners have led an effort to use an innovative research methodology known as the ‘neighborhood method’ to gather population-based data on rape and other forms of GBV in a variety countries recovering from conflict.

Designed to access local knowledge by tapping into informal sources of information, the neighborhood method operates on the assumption that people know when their neighbors have been raped or beaten and that ordinary individuals can serve as sources of information about other people in their neighborhoods. Specifically, the method surveys women about their own experience, their sisters’ experiences, and their neighbors’ experiences.

Key Resources

Resource Citations

Parcesepe, A., Stark, L., Roberts, L., Boothby, N. Measuring Physical and Sexual Violence Against Somali Refugees Using the Neighborhood Method. Violence Against Women, (in press).

Stark, L., Warner, A., Lehman, H., Boothby, N., Ager, A. (2013). Measuring the incidence and reporting of violence against women and girls in Liberia using the “Neighborhood Method”. Conflict and Health, 7(1):20.

Stark, L., Roberts, L., Acham, A., Boothby, N., Ager, A. (2010). Measuring violence against women amidst war and displacement in northern Uganda. The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 64(12):1056-61.

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