World Bank Award supports Monash research to prevent gender-based violence

Professor Maurice Eisenbruch from the Department of Psychiatry, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash University was recognised last month for his work in preventing gender-based violence in Cambodia with a prestigious World Bank Award.

The US$99,500 award will support Professor Eisenbruch’s ongoing research that explores cultural forces underpinning gender-based violence (GBV) and interventions that could contribute to prevention.

“The award will enable the research team to test how women, men, girls and boys use their local cultural references to understand GBV that they may have experienced or witnessed,” Professor Eisenbruch said.

“Through collaboration with a Buddhist network, we will examine initiatives developed by monks to help prevent GBV and mitigate its effects.”

Professor Eisenbruch said that his research will also document why perpetrators and survivors sought help from monks and female devotees, and how it changed attitudes towards women and girls.

Throughout his career as a psychiatrist and medical anthropologist, Professor Eisenbruch has been committed to relieving the suffering of his patients and, beyond that, striving for relief of communities facing human suffering globally.

“Gender based violence is one of the worst scourges on the planet, and this award will help in the quest to transfer research into policy that makes a difference,” he said.

Professor Eisenbruch will be working with Theary Chan from the Reproductive and Child Health Alliance (RACHA) in Cambodia, and Willem van de Put from the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp.

About the award:

The Development Marketplace 2018: Innovations in Addressing Gender Based Violence, awarded by the “World Bank Group and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative” is presented by the World Bank and the Sexual Violence Initiative to support evidence-based research to help address the global pandemic of gender-based violence (GBV).