• Violence Alcohol Treatment Zambia (VATU) Violence Alcohol Treatment Zambia (VATU)

    Zambia | Serenity Harm Reduction Programme

    This is a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectivess of a multipronged intervention in reducing violence against women and girls/youth (VAWG) by addressing a number of identified risk factors, for example childhood abuse, domestic violence, alcohol use. The intervention is designed to research supporting multi-modal treatments, and to model after how organizations may incorporate a program to prevent violence.


CETA is based on the fact that most evidence-based mental health treatments (EBTs) (most of which are cognitive behavioral) are made of similar elements or components. For example, most evidence-based treatments for a variety of disorders all contain psychoeducation, and cognitive coping. The idea is to train counselors in a range of different components that are similar across EBTs, and then teach them how to choose different orders and “dose” of components based on a client’s presenting problems.

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10 October 2018

Kane J, Skavenski Van wyk S, Murray SM, Bolton P, Melendez F, Kmett Danielson C, Chimponda P, Munthali S, Murray LK. (2017) Testing the effectiveness of a transdiagnostic treatment approach in reducing intimate partner violence and alcohol abuse among families in Zambia: Study protocol of the Violence and Alcohol Treatment (VATU) trial. Global Mental Health, 4 (18).

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01 June 2017