05 October 2023

What Works to Reduce Violence against Children and Women

This evidence-to-policy brief is based on a rapid evidence assessment of the effectiveness of social and behaviour change (SBC)-informed interventions to reduce both violence against children and intimate partner violence in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It is intended as a user-friendly overview for anyone with an interest in learning about the broad possibilities of addressing violence provided by SBC-informed parenting initiatives. The assessment aims to: Appraise the available evidence on the effectiveness of SBC-informed interventions that target parents and caregivers in reducing violence against children in the home Assess the impact of parenting interventions on reducing co-occurring intimate partner violence Identify the theories underpinning SBC-informed interventions and the settings in which SBC interventions work and for whom Evaluate the costs and cost-effectiveness of SBC-informed parenting interventions Identify relevant contextual factors, including population groups, intervention characteristics and the implementation considerations required for successfully delivering SBC-informed parenting interventions.    The findings indicate that: There is a robust evidence base demonstrating that parenting programmes informed by SBC can be effective in reducing violence perpetrated against children by parents in LMICs, provided the programmes are implemented by trained facilitators Co-occurrence of intimate partner violence can also be reduced through SBC-informed parenting programmes Local resources and personnel can help keep programme costs low SBC-informed parenting programmes may be transferable to different contexts, populations and settings in LMICs. Some studies suggested programmes were successfully implemented in humanitarian settings and for parents of children of various ages. Implementation in new settings, however, should be accompanied by quality monitoring and evaluation.
25 November 2022

Adolescent girls are falling through the cracks of violence prevention

“Since the first week after marriage, a problem occurred between us. When I entered the room, I found [my husband] talking to a girl on his laptop. He told me, ‘Get out… I loved a girl for 15 years and will not forget her.’ I asked him, ‘Why are you talking to women now? You are married now.’ He did not allow me to finish talking, he beat me and…,   Gender dimensions of violence in adolescence , Patterns of violence are different for men, women, girls, and boys, and are rooted in prevailing gender norms. While global homicide rates are higher for boys than girls,  adolescent girls report higher levels of intimate partner violence (IPV) than boys . Existing at the intersection between “violence against children” and “violence against women…,   Violence and education, Violence affects adolescent girls’ ability to access education, including their personal security whilst travelling to and from school, as well as their social and academic performance at school. Experiencing emotional abuse in school, in the form of bullying and sexual harassment, can also have a major impact on the daily lives of children. Once…,   Identifying and promoting effective solutions, There has been rapid growth in research on effective prevention and response strategies, though the evidence base remains unevenly distributed across and within countries, with significant gaps in conflict-affected contexts. Promising intervention strategies need to be tested and adapted to a diversity of settings in which violence occurs. To…,   Conclusion, Violence is pervasive – experienced by adolescent girls in all its forms, and across all settings. Its effects are cumulative, disrupting not just their daily lives but also the realization of other rights, to education, to physical and mental health, and to safe transitions into adulthood.   While the effects of violence are devastating, they are…
23 September 2022

UNICEF at the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum 2022

About the SVRI Forum, UNICEF is proud to collaborate with the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), including for the implementation of the SVRI Forum and supporting UNICEF Gender and Development Manager, Alessandra Guedes, in her role as co-chair of the  SVRI Leadership Council . The SVRI Forum is the largest global research conference on violence against women…, UNICEF @ the SVRI, As the largest research and advocacy conference in the field, the SVRI Forum will provide the space and opportunity for our  23 UNICEF delegates  to come together to share and learn from committed activists, policymakers, researchers, funders and survivors. A range of seminars, workshops and activities will enable participants, including UNICEF…, UNICEF works to end violence against children and violence against women, In response to mounting global evidence, UNICEF has been identifying concrete ways to strengthen and expand its violence prevention work to address the gender dimensions of violence, including a specific focus on intersections between violence against children (VAC), and violence against women (VAW). UNICEF's expansion beyond exclusively child-…, Global research agenda on the intersections of violence against children and violence against women, As global evidence and interest in the intersections between violence against children and violence against women continue to grow, researchers and practitioners from the violence against children and violence against women fields are seeking ways to better collaborate and ensure the best outcomes for victims and survivors of both types of…, Selection of UNICEF publications on VAC and VAW, This brochure spotlights a partial list of UNICEF publications of particular relevance for colleagues attending or following the SVRI Forum 2022. Select any publication title to be directed to it.