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CDC Releases Strategies to Help Prevent Violence against Children

THRIVES—CDC’s Global Technical Package to Prevent Violence Against Children—represents a select group of complementary strategies that reflect the best available evidence to help countries sharpen their focus on priorities with the greatest potential to reduce violence against children.

These strategies include:

  • T – Training in parenting
  • H – Household economic strengthening
  • R – Reduced violence through legal protection
  • I – Improved services
  • V – Values and norms that protect children
  • E – Education and life skills
  • S – Surveillance and evaluation

Violence against children—including physical, sexual, emotional abuse, and neglect—is a problem around the world.

Whether children experience these forms of violence

  • by caregivers or witness violence between adults or their peers;
  • at home, at school, or on the street; or
  • as a result of war, gangs, dating, or child-raising

the effect can be devastating, and can lead to negative a life time of health and social consequences.

The impacts go beyond the child; these childhood experiences also impact the social and economic development of communities and nations.

The UN has issued a call-to-action relevant for every nation: to eliminate violence against children. THRIVES provides the essential evidence and guidance to address this problem.

Read THRIVES—and learn more about what CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention is doing to stop violence against children before it starts.