Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action

Reducing risk, promoting resilience and aiding recovery

How to support survivors of gender-based violence when a GBV actor is not available in your area

A step-by-step Pocket Guide for humanitarian practitioners (version 2.0)

The GBV Pocket Guide is available in 20+ languages, scroll down to download

The "Pocket Guide" resource package V2.0 is a joint GBV Guidelines and GBV AoR resource designed to provide all humanitarian practitioners with concrete information on:

  • How to support a survivor of gender-based violence who disclosed to you in a context where there is no gender-based violence actor (including a referral pathway or GBV focal point) available in your area.

The resource package uses global standards on providing basic support and information to survivors of GBV without doing further harm. We encourage adaptation of this resource to your local context with the support of a GBV specialist.

Download the interactive Pocket Guide mobile app, now available in 10+ languages. All features are fully-functional when offline.


Search for "GBV Pocket Guide" on either the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store, or click the links on icons above!

Resource #1: Background Note and FAQs

Provides on overview of the Pocket Guide resource package, its role as a companion resource to the IASC GBV Guidelines and key messages/talking points that can be used for advocacy and strategic communications.

Resource #3: "Pocket Guide"

A field-friendly resource for frontline practitioners in all humanitarian sectors. Includes a decision tree, Do's/Don'ts, sample scripts of what to say to a survivor and more!

For printing, print double-sided on regular A4 paper and fold.

Interested in translating the GBV Pocket Guide or mobile app into a language that is not yet available?

Click here to access the GBV Pocket Guide Translation Interagency Standards of Practice.

The GBV Pocket Guide training package is now available for download!

Building on the GBV Pocket Guide resource package, this inter-agency training package was developed to facilitate the further roll-out of the GBV Pocket Guide and GBV Pocket Guide app. In response to these requests from colleagues around the globe, the GBV Guidelines Implementation Support team has developed a 4-hour training package that can be delivered over one or two days. This training package is currently available in English, French, and Spanish. Additional languages will follow depending on the availability of funds.

Start by downloading our Cover Note for additional information, and please contact if you have any questions or if you would like to translate the package into additional languages.

How to provide psychological first aid in emergencies

In this episode of the Women's Protection Empower Podcast, we talk with Sonia Rastogi and Jessica Izquierdo of the GBV Guidelines Implementation Support Team about psychological first aid, the need, the practice, related self-care practices, and where to learn more.

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