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The Multi-Country Study on the Drivers of Violence Affecting Children: An Overview

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalVulnerable Children and Youth Studies
StateAccepted/In press - 11 Apr 2018


In 2013, UNICEF’s Office of Research—Innocenti and the University of
Edinburgh designed the Multi-Country Study on the Drivers of Violence Affecting
Children in order to explore the question: What drives violence and what can be
done about it? As the introduction to this edited volume, this paper describes the underpinning principles and frameworks of the Study - conducted by national research teams comprised of government, practitioners and academic researchers in Italy, Peru, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe – and the overall methods and process. Learning at each step of the Study ultimately shaped a new child-centred, human designed oriented integrated framework for violence prevention, described in this paper, which aims to assist practitioners to visualize how multiple factors may converge to make violence more or less likely to occur. We also share learning about how change happens and how policymakers, practitioners and researchers seeking to prevent violence can have greater impact. We then describe the papers included in this edited volume, written by national partners in each of the countries. Our aim is that the knowledge and learning shared here will further enhance national, regional and global understandings of what drives violence affecting children and what can be done about it.

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