Strategy for Ending Violence against Children
To accelerate actions to prevent violence from occurring and improve support for children who are survivors of violence and abuse.
Efforts to address violence against children (VAC) are at the core of UNICEF India’s Country Programme. UNICEF seeks to accelerate actions to prevent violence from occurring and improve support for children who are survivors of violence and abuse. The End Violence Against Children (EVAC) Strategy cuts across sectors and maximizes the convening capacity of UNICEF to support government and to unite civil society, the private sector and development partners in a joint effort to end violence against children. The EVAC Strategy has been finalized at a time when India and the world are fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, and hence the Strategy also includes the impact of public health crisis on VAC.
The EVAC Strategy is based on global evidence and proven strategies. It draws upon key research outlining the current situation in India. The three key areas of the EVAC Strategy are:
- Creating an enabling environment for multi-sectoral response
- Systems-strengthening across justice/law enforcement, social service, education and health sectors
- Social and behavioral change (SBBC) and adolescent and youth empowerment
These key areas are also part of INSPIRE framework: Seven strategies for ending violence against children, a global joint effort on violence prevention and response that involved ten key agencies, including UNICEF.
The implementation of the Strategy will be done in close dialogue with the government and partners, and will also benefit from partnership and collaboration with other UN Agencies, especially UNWomen, UNFPA, and WHO.