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

Arabic, English, French and Spanish versions can be downloaded below.

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. All features are available when offline.

Search for "GBV Pocket Guide" in Google Play and iTunes mobile app stores, or click the links on left!

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 #2: User Guide

Contains information and tools for briefing your team on using the Pocket Guide.

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.

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