Highly Vulnerable Children Research Center

The Greater Rape Intervention Program (GRIP)

South Africa has one of the highest rates of gender-based violence (GBV) in the world.  Addressing GBV and HIV is a priority in both the government and non-governmental sectors, and there is an urgent need for research that identifies effective programming and best practices for the South African context. This case study aims to contribute to the growing knowledge base on interventions addressing GBV by documenting the activities carried out by the Greater Rape Intervention Program (GRIP), which offers a range of support services to survivors of GBV in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, including psychological support and medical and legal assistance.  Since its inception GRIP has provided a growing number of care and support services to more than 25,000 survivors of GBV in Mpumalanga province.  The program has developed a comprehensive model for offering immediate and ongoing assistance to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, but still faces a number of ongoing implementation challenges in ensuring that survivors receive the full range of needed services, quickly and efficiently.

The past decade has seen an increase in resource mobilization towards interventions for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in southern Africa, but there has been relatively little research documenting the effectiveness of the interventions. This series of case studies aim to contribute to the knowledge base on OVC programming by documenting the activities of various organizations and initiatives working to improve the lives of OVC.  These organizations all receive financial support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  These case studies were made possible by financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Southern Africa, as part of the Enhancing Strategic Information (ESI) project implemented by John Snow Incorporated (JSI) in collaboration with Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (TSPH). Information gathering activities took place in 2009 and 2011 and included document review, site visits, key informant interviews and focus group discussions.

Suggested Citation: Neudorf, K., Taylor, T.M., & Thurman, T.R. (2011). A Case Study: The Greater Rape Intervention Program (GRIP). New Orleans, LA: Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Department of International Health and Development.
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