Reducing violence in young children's lives
We are investing in programmes to reduce violence in young children's lives in seven of our focus countries. These programmes focus on preventing the direct victimisation of young children; on violence against those who care for them, especially their mothers; and on addressing community violence in places where it is so bad that young children are afraid to play outside. We are concerned with this issue because – whether young children are direct victims or witnesses of violence – it affects their health, ability to learn and even the development of their young brains.
Baseline research with more than 10,000 families in seven countries has confirmed that this is a big problem, but we have also uncovered evidence of interventions that can get results in relatively short periods of time. There is a fast-growing scientific basis for hope that we can make things better, and we have identified thoughtful and committed allies.