Over the past year, up to one billion children have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence. One in four children suffer physical abuse, and nearly one in five girls is sexually abused at least once in their lives. WHO in collaboration with a number of partners, launched a technical package containing seven interlinked strategies that have shown success in reducing violence against children. The initiative, launched with the support of the newly established Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, aims to help countries to achieve the SDGs, in particular SDG target 16.2 to "end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children", and implementation of World Health Assembly resolution WHA69.5 on the WHO global plan of action to address interpersonal violence.
Each year an estimated 200 000 young people aged 10–29 years are murdered, making homicide the fourth leading cause of death for this age group. Millions more sustain violence-related injuries that require emergency medical treatment, and countless others go on to develop mental health problems and adopt high-risk behaviours such as smoking and alcohol and drug abuse as a result of the violence they experience. Preventing youth violence: an overview of the evidence aims to help policy-makers and planners – particularly in settings with limited human and financial resources – to address youth violence using an evidence-informed approach.
Global status report on violence prevention 2014
Jointly published by WHO, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Global status report on violence prevention 2014 reflects data from 133 countries and is the first report of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse. The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 calls for a scaling up of violence prevention programmes in all countries.
Prevent Violence Evidence Base updated with studies from 2014 and now with 584 abstracts from across the world.
Published by WHO, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and the University of New Hampshire, this toolkit provides academics and decision-makers with strategies for conducting national or regional studies of the incidence of and agency response to child maltreatment.
Violence prevention topics
- Child maltreatment
- Intimate partner and sexual violence
- Elder maltreatment
- Collective violence
- Youth violence
- Self-directed violence
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28 January 2016
On 26-28 January in Cape Town, South Africa, 12 members of the core group developing Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) from the universities of Bangor, Oxford and Reading in the United Kingdom and of Cape Town and Stellenbosch in South Africa; UNICEF and WHO participated in a three-day meeting. PLH is currently developing and testing the effectiveness of a suite of four parenting programmes to prevent child maltreatment and child behavioural problems in children aged 1-18 years.
20 January 2016
Experts define ways to communicate about package of interventions to prevent violence against children
On 20 January, WHO convened a meeting of technical experts, communications specialists, and leaders of the emerging Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children to discuss the branding and marketing of an evidence-based interagency package to prevent violence against children. Led by WHO, the core agencies that have agreed on the package contents and will jointly publish it with WHO are the US CDC; PEPFAR; Together for Girls; UNICEF; UNODC; USAID and the World Bank.