Civil Society and Government Unite to Respond to Gender-based Violence in Ecuador

As in many countries worldwide, GBV in Ecuador is a common occurrence that is widely accepted by society. According to the 2004 Demographic and Maternal-Infant Health Survey, approximately one in three (31 percent) ever-married or -partnered women aged 15 to 49 years had experienced physical intimate partner violence in their lifetime. CEPAM has been a major force in providing care and support to GBV survivors as well as raising awareness about the issue both in Guayaquil in Guayas Province, where it is located in Ecuador, and nationally. This case study documents both CEPAM’s comprehensive response to GBV, which has been honed over many years, and the organization’s partnership with the Government of Ecuador to address GBV holistically through both provision of services and prevention interventions.