Intersections between violence against women and violence against children

As part of the Know Violence in Childhood Global Learning Initiative, the Gender Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) hosted an expert group for mutual exchange between these interconnected fields.

The meeting featured a varied group – practitioners, researchers and funders – working to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) and violence against children. They gathered to share evidence and programmatic experiences at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), 22-24 April 2015. Participants from the SaME group included Lori Heise and Nambusi Kyegombe, as well as Know Violence learning group co-chair Charlotte Watts. Alison Morris organised the meeting.

Over the three days, the group addressed the differences and overlaps in programming perspectives and priorities; target audiences and current and potential interventions to take advantage of synergies. They agreed on four key directions to take forward.

  1. Develop a clearer conceptual framework for the intersections between violence against children and violence against women
  2. Map entry points through a life course framework
  3. Identify core principles with the intent of minimising harm
  4. Recognise adolescence as a period of convergence/overlap between violence against children and IPV

Among other decisions, the learning group established the need for:

  • a “research uptake” strategy
  • greater efficiencies in addressing missed opportunities by measuring children’s exposures to violence
  • a clearer conceptual understanding of the intersections between violence against children and violence against women
  • core principles with the intent of minimising harm
  • epidemiological evidence of linkages/associations/overlaps

Intersections between violence against women and violence against children

Know Violence in Childhood

This global learning initiative is aimed at leveraging available evidence from around the world to tell the story of violence in childhood – its forms, drivers, impacts and costs – in order to reduce violence effectively. This learning is key to minimising the enormous costs that this violence imposes on children, their families, communities and societies. Each of the three learning groups within Know Violence focuses on a key settings where children experience violence:

  • homes and families
  • schools
  • communities and public spaces

Resources

Read this blog by Charlotte Watts on taking action now to prevent violence against women and children

In this video, Charlotte Watts and others introduce the Know Violence initiative and issues

Charlotte Watts is Head of the SaME group and senior member of the Gender, Violence and Health Centre (GVHC). She also serves as the Co-Chair of Learning Group 1 for Know Violence in Childhood.

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