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01 September 2017

What Works Evidence Review – Intersections of Violence Against Women and Violence Against Children

Additional Info

  • VAWG themes: VAWG & Social Norms
  • Country: Pakistan, South Africa
  • Project: Right to Play - Pakistan, Stepping Stones and Creating Futures - South Africa
  • Author: Emma Fulu, Sarah McCook and Kathryn Falb
  • Date of publication: September 2017

Violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC) are violations of human rights and global public health priorities. Historically, work to address VAW and VAC have often occurred separately or in silos. This evidence note, however, draws attention to the growing body of evidence on the intersections of VAW and VAC, including risk factors, common social norms, co-occurrence, and the intergenerational cycle of abuse. It presents promising programmatic approaches to prevent and respond to both forms of violence; and policy recommendations, which include prioritising prevention efforts with adolescent girls that challenge gender norms and build girls’ agency.

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