October 2016


About Know Violence in Childhood:


Investing in the prevention of violence experienced by children is key to minimising the enormous human and financial costs imposed by such violence on children, their families, communities


Know Violence in Childhood is a global learning initiative aimed at leveraging available evidence from around the world to tell the story about violence in childhood – not just its forms, drivers, impacts and costs – but more importantly, what can be done to reduce violence effectively to contribute to the agenda of improving child well-being.

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Upcoming Events

Habitat III - United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Quito, Ecuador,
17 – 20 October 2016

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144th Meeting of the American Public Health Association - Violence Track, Denver, USA,
20 October – 2 November 2016

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Our Hidden Shame: Crimes and Extreme Violence Against Children in Africa Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,
7 – 8 November 2016

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Key Supporters

Bernad Van Leer
Ikea Foundation
Oak Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


End Violence Against Children

Ramya Subrahmanian
Executive Director

From the ED's Desk

25 September 2016 marked the first anniversary of the adoption of the SDGs. Target 16.2, to end all forms of violence against children, and ending the abuse, neglect and exploitation, is a critical component of Agenda 2030. Without addressing the violence to which children are exposed from their earliest years, achievements in other goals linked to

child well-being will be slower, and the goal of sustainable human development will be compromised.

At Know Violence, we are making progress towards our global report, which will be out early 2017. The report will serve as an information ‘baseline’ on countries that are in the process of eliminating violence against children. It will offer evidence and ideas for the most effective strategies that we believe can help end violence in childhood.



Know Violence meetings




Know Violence organised a one-day reflection meeting on Violence in Childhood in India bringing together leading organisations working in the country on issues relating to childhood violence. Participating organisations included Aangan, Breakthrough Trust, Corstone, HAQ Centre for Child Rights, International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW), Leher, NDTV Social Initiatives, Partners for Law in Development, International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), Population Foundation of India (PFI), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), RAHI Foundation, Sesame Workshop India, UNICEF India, and Young Lives India.

Representing the donor community were representatives from American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and Oak Foundation.

The meeting discussed the evidence and gaps in available data on childhood violence in India. The discussion focused on the challenges and limitations of available secondary data; lessons on effective prevention strategies from work in communities, schools and with children; reflections on effective advocacy and communications strategies to a wide range of stakeholders; and ongoing or planned research across all organisations. The meeting concluded with agreement on the importance of collective thinking and action to position violence prevention as an important component of child protection and well-being.




The regional research network of Know Violence Learning in East Asia and the Pacific (LEAP) convened a meeting on Developing research networks to strengthen evidence to practice in ending violence against children in Bangkok, Thailand from 1 – 2 October 2016. The network members include the National Institutes of Health University of the Philippines Manila, UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti, UNICEF’s East Asia and Pacific Regional Office, Bangkok and UNICEF Country Offices of Indonesia and the Philippines. The meeting brought together leading researchers from the China Agricultural University, Beijing, Hue Institute for Community Health Research, University of Malaya, Universitas Indonesia, University of the Philippines Manila, Queensland University of Technology as well as representatives from Plan International, Save the Children and Terre des Hommes.

An impressive body of work is already available in the region in the form of numerous baseline studies, rigorous systematic reviews and innovative policies and practices. The meeting started with a review of the evidence on effective strategies that are operational within the region in the context of wider global learning, followed by a sharing of the substantial body of work completed or underway at the participating universities.

Participating experts from different universities and international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) recognised the need for informed policy making, prevention and care program specialists, reliable local data from epidemiological research, and improved system-wide capability to establish violence reporting systems. Many research gaps were identified and the group agreed that the time is ripe for the organisation of the Asia Pacific Research Network to End Violence in Childhood. The Secretariat is hosted by the Child Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation (CANE) Study Group of the National Institutes of Health of the University of the Philippines in Manila.


Our Participation in Global Meetings




At the invitation of Young Lives, Ramya Subrahmanian, Executive Director of Know Violence gave a keynote address on 'Achievements, Attitudes, Aspirations and Agency: Supporting Adolescents through Adolescence' at the conference on Adolescence, Youth and Gender: Building Knowledge for Change held on 8 – 9 September 2016 in Oxford, UK. An agenda for adolescence should bridge childhood and adulthood by ensuring a protective framework till 18 years of age. The period of adolescence (10-19 years) is the cusp of intergenerational transmission of poverty and inequality. Similarly, ensuring girls and boys stay in school longer offers a chance for social transformation and prevention of violence. Ramya’s interview from the conference discussing multidisciplinary debates and adolescence can be viewed here.

The conference also witnessed the launch of Young Lives’ new policy report, Shaping Aspirations and Outcomes: Gender and Adolescence in Young Lives which explores how children’s lives change during adolescence and the difference that gender inequalities and gender norms make to their pathways. Based on findings from the last round of surveys, the report highlights two windows of opportunity for policy intervention: middle childhood to early adolescence and the period when girls come under pressure to marry.




Know Violence was represented by Lorraine Sherr, Senior Adviser – Research, at the conference Committing Africa for Action to End Violence against Children in Africa: Launch of the African Partnership to End Violence against Children. The conference was organised by the African Child Policy Forum in collaboration with the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and UNICEF, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and held on 29-30 September 2016. The presentation byKnow Violence focused on 'Childhood and Violence: A Global Perspective.'

The regional meeting was set up to explore pathways for countries in Africa to end violence against children. The meeting convened key players from across the continent with over 100 delegates exploring African and global perspectives and taking stock of progress in combating violence against children. It also marked the common understanding and motivation to take up the challenge of section 16.2 of the Sustainable Development goals and to explore African responses and activities.






In collaboration with the Global Movement for Children in Latin America and the Caribbean (MMILAC), Know Violence , Igarapé Institute, and UN Habitat, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG) will host a side event on strengthening the role of mayors to safeguard children's right to freedom from violence in urban settings at the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador from 17-20 October. The event will include the launch of the SRSG's Thematic Report on Protecting Children affected by Armed Violence in the Community. Marta Santos Pais, the SRSG will chair the session and will be joined by María Fernanda Pachecho, Municipality of Quito; Luis Revilla, Mayor of La Paz; Co-chair of the Iberoamerican Union of Cities; Robert Muggah,Know Violence Learning Group 3 Co-chair and Director of the Igarapé Institute in São Paolo, Brazil and two child delegates from the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Children and Adolescents (REDNNYAS).

Ahead of the side event, the Office of the SRSG, in collaboration with Save the Children, World Vision and the MMILAC, has released a report 'The Cities of our Dreams'. The report supports the SRSG’s strategy to engage mayors and children in building safe and child friendly communities.




Robert Muggah, Learning Group 3 Co-chair will deliver the keynote address at a conference entitled Crime prevention and resocialisation of children in contact with the criminal justice system in Santiago, Chile from 28-29 November 2016. Organised by Government of Chile´s Ministry of Interior and Public Security, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, and the National Council for Children, the event is being co-hosted by UNICEF and Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG). The goals of the conference are to review international and regional frameworks on preventing violence against children, examine risk management and early intervention programs, explore diversion and rehabilitation strategies, discuss restorative justice and alternatives to custody, and expand girls´ awareness and participation.





Robert Muggah, Learning Group 3 Co-chair, was recently selected by the UN Secretary General to serve as an expert on a UN Security Council-mandated review of the Youth, Peace and Security Agenda. This was announced in August 2016, and the term runs for 18 months.




The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG) along with Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Child Rights Connect, a working group on Children and Violence, organised a side event in Geneva, Switzerland on 27 September 2016 to mark the 10th anniversary of the UN Study on Violence against Children (2006).

The panellists included eminent global experts working on childhood violence prevention and response viz., Professor Paulo Pinheiro, expert for the UN Study on Violence against Children; Marta Santos Pais, SRSG; and Dr Etienne Krug, Director for Management of Non-communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, WHO and Co-chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.


We have a regular blog series where we invite expert practitioners to contribute articles on "childhood violence" prevention.


How safe do Brazilian kids feel?

Robert Muggah, Renata Giannini, and Natalie Hanna, 26 September 2016

Reducing violence in young children’s lives: an interview with Cecilia Vaca Jones

Cecilia Vaca Jones and Sudeshna Mukherjee, 4 October 2016

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