More than 1 billion children are affected by some type of violence each year.
Violence is the world’s worst crime against children. It happens in every country, city and community.
Violence is a thief; physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and exploitation rob children of their future, their dignity, human rights and God-given potential.
World Vision is relentlessly advocating for an end to violence against children; highlighting it when it occurs and holding those responsible to account. We work to prevent violence wherever it occurs so no child has to experience it. We are working with survivors, strengthening the systems and services available to them to ensure they have the chance to heal and recover. We will amplify their stories and voices.
We believe that a world without violence against children is possible.
Stop a lost generation
Isolated in unsafe homes, sent to work or pushed into early marriage, millions of boys and girls could be facing physical, emotional and sexual abuse as result of the pandemic.
Many children are already suffering and helplines are being overwhelmed with calls.
The effects on these children will last a lifetime. We must prevent this devastating legacy.
Please help us to convince governments and UN agencies to act.
Please call on governments and institutions to urgently increase funding for health, education and other social services that protect children from all forms of violence and abuse, especially for girls and boys at greater risk due to the impacts of COVID-19.
Stop a lost generation
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More than three quarters (76%) of people around the world know of a child victim of violence, and the majority of people (62%) believe the problem is increasing.
We're determined to end it.
Call on your government to:
Urgently increase funding for health, education and other social services that protect children from all forms of violence and abuse, especially for girls and boys at greater risk due to the impacts of COVID-19
Support programmes to keep children safe.
World Vision needs funding to scale up our work to see an end to violence against children. You can donate to this work around the world via sponsoring a child or giving to emergency appeals.
We are called to offer petitions, prayers, and intercessions. When we intercede for the well-being of others. God listens.
Pray for God’s healing and restoration for children who are victims of violence.
Pray that every child experiences the love of God.
Pray that children affected by violence will receive care, health, psychological assistance, justice and support.
Pray against the exploitation of children.
The violent truth
Over the course of several years, World Vision worked with child researchers in seven countries, investigating teenage pregnancy in their communities. Children shared countless stories of sexual abuse, rape, and being forced into relationships due to extreme poverty.