Making the Connection

Intimate partner violence and violence against children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

No. of pages: 28

Publication date: Март 2018

Author: UNFPA EECARO & UNICEF ECARO

Publisher: UNFPA EECARO & UNICEF ECARO

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This advocacy report examines the intersections between intimate partner violence (IPV) and violence against children (VAC) across the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, drawing on research across seven countries to reveal the many overlaps between these two forms of violence. These include common underlying causes and contextual factors, including household stress and dysfunction, alcohol and substance abuse and attitudes towards violence. It finds that violence is often driven by power imbalances, seen most obviously in gender inequalities that fuel the denial of rights and opportunities for women.

The report also sets out a number of recommendations emerging from the analysis for three priority areas in preventing and responding to violence with comprehensive and multi-sectoral services. Its key recommendations for a robust research agenda, for policy and legislative reform and for multi-sectoral programming provide a blueprint for urgently needed next steps.