What Works to Prevent Violence Against Children in Afghanistan? A policy brief. June 2018

Globally, one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. In Afghanistan, 56% of married women aged 15-49 report ever having experienced emotional, physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner, increasing to 92% in some provinces. Violence against women is associated with intergenerational effects such that the experience and perpetration of intimate partner violence is linked to individual childhood abuse. Furthermore, evidence suggests that children’s exposure to various forms of violence such as family violence in the home and corporal punishment at school are strongly linked to children’s perpetration of violence against their peers, suggesting that children learn and reproduce violent norms and practices from adults. Therefore, preventing violence against children is critical to the long-term prevention of violence in general and violence against women in particular. This brief presents the final evaluation violence in general and violence against women in particular findings of Help the Afghan Children’s (HTAC’s) school-based peace education and community-based social norms change intervention and is intended to raise awareness among governmental and non-governmental organisations, donors and policy makers about what works to prevent violence against children.

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