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Child Abuse Prevention

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November 19th is the International Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Learn more about how CDC is protecting the futures of children all around the world with the Violence Against Children Surveys.

The Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS) are nationally representative household surveys of children and young adults ages 13 to 24 years.

The surveys are designed to measure the prevalence (number and percentage) and circumstances surrounding emotional, physical, and sexual violence against males and females in childhood (before age 18) and young adulthood. The surveys also identify risk and protective factors and consequences of violence.

CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention works to prevent violence and its adverse health consequences. Findings from VACS provide reliable evidence to allow countries to make better decisions about allocating limited resources to develop, launch, and evaluate violence prevention programs and child protection systems. As part of the VACS process, CDC, along with Together for Girls partners, links VACS findings to the INSPIRE technical package.

INSPIRE: Seven Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children is a technical package that identifies seven strategies distilled from the best available evidence and with the greatest potential to reduce violence against children and youth. Each letter of the word INSPIRE stands for one of the strategies, which are:

  • Implementation and enforcement of laws
  • Norms and values
  • Safe environments
  • Parent and caregiver support
  • Income and economic strengthening
  • Response and support services
  • Education and life skills

Taken together, these seven strategies form a multi-sectoral and crosscutting approach for responding to and preventing violence against children and youth. Ten agencies with a long history of mobilizing a consistent, evidence-based approach to preventing violence against children, including CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO), have collaborated to develop INSPIRE. These agencies stand together with countries and communities to prevent and respond to violence against children and youth by implementing the strategies in this package.

For more information about the Violence Against Children Surveys and the INSPIRE Technical Package, please visit Towards a Violence-Free Generation.

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