Guidance on Implementing GBVIMS+ for Government Actors

Strategies and Best Practices


The "Guidance for Implementing GBVIMS+ for Government Actors" is a live resource designed to assist governments in implementing the Gender-Based Violence Information Management System plus (GBVIMS+). It offers detailed, actionable guidance based on successful implementations in Sierra Leone, and other contexts. This initiative, supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), targets agencies supporting gender-based violence (GBV) services. It emphasizes safe, confidential data management and aligns with WHO's ethical standards for documenting sexual violence in emergencies.

Originally developed in 2006 for humanitarian settings, the GBVIMS was upgraded to Primero/GBVIMS+ in 2014, enhancing digital case management. The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the need for digital solutions in service delivery and data management, especially in government settings. The collaboration with governments aims to ensure sustainable, accountable GBV services.

In 2020, UNICEF and UNFPA, supported by the GBVIMS Steering Committee, started developing a GBV data system for governmental use. The first global deployment with a government actor was in Sierra Leone in May 2023, led by UNICEF and the Ministry of Gender and Children’s Affairs. This guidance serves as a comprehensive tool for stakeholders, including government ministries and UN agencies, to effectively implement GBVIMS+ while respecting survivors' rights and adhering to international standards.


Guidance on implementing GBVIMS+ for Government Actors