The violence prevention dividend
Why preventing violence against children makes economic sense
Ending violence against children is a legal and moral imperative. Ending violence against children also offers the potential to generate large social and economic dividends. Investment in proven, evidence-based violence prevention programmes can avert the economic costs of violence as well as remove a critical barrier to children achieving their health, educational and economic development potential.
Developed by a consortium of child-focused agencies (the Office of the Special Representative on Violence against Children, UNICEF, World Vision International, ChildFund Alliance, Plan International and Save the Children International), this brief outlines the economic case for investing in the prevention of violence against children. It is intended to alert policymakers to the substantial economic and social costs of violence against children and the potential dividend that would accrue from investment in violence prevention. The brief outlines where governments can strengthen and improve engagement in violence prevention in light of post-COVID-19 recovery planning and beyond.