Practitioner – Anik Gevers

Anik Gevers – Practitioners

My motivation to join SaferSpaces:
I was invited by Daniel Brumund and Nyiko Hlungwani through Cathy Ward and Chandre Gould. After sharing my background with Nyiko and learning more about the SaferSpaces initiative I am keen to join a community of practice of people and organisations committed to preventing violence and creating safe and vibrant communities for all living beings.
I'm working in these sectors:
General/Other, Civil society and community based organisations, Community, Consultancy / Service provider, NGOs/CBOs
I'm specialising in these topics:
Children, Domestic violence / Intimate partner violence, Family / Parenting, Gender-based violence, Monitoring & evaluation

Dr Aník Gevers is an independent consultant specialising in training and development of evidence-based interventions and programmes specifically focusing on primary prevention of gender-based violence/sexual and intimate partner violence, child and adolescent mental health and well-being, and trauma-related mental health issues. Currently I support local and international organisations of various sizes to develop and implement effective programmes with integrated M&E strategies especially in low resource contexts.

I trained as a clinical a psychologist and researcher in the USA and South Africa completing a PhD at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), masters degree at the University of Missouri-St Louis (USA), and undergraduate degree at Grinnell College (USA). I have worked in a variety of clinical, research, and development settings in multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia-Pacific Region, the Middle East, and North America. I have worked in multiple senior positions and on multiple concurrent projects focusing on programme and intervention development and evaluation in the field of health promotion, violence prevention and response, and mental health support in the aftermath of sexual violence. Currently I consult for various organisations globally including innovative projects to develop primary prevention of VAWG/GBV/IPV interventions with integrated M&E systems, improve youth engagement strategies at clinics, train service providers in primary prevention & post-sexual violence care interventions.

I have skills in intervention and programme development, training and capacity development, qualitative and quantitative research, programme monitoring and evaluation, project management, and research translation through publications, reports, presentations, and workshops.


I regularly conduct various levels of training with community facilitators, supervisors, senior officials, and policy makers from diverse backgrounds.