1.7 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.
Help Us End These Forms of Violence
Children who are abused physically and verbally at home may carry out the same behaviors at school by hitting their friends, playing violently, and acting out in the classroom.
Child labour is one of the most serious forms of child exploitation. An estimated 168 million children are engaged in child labour today. Over six million have been trafficked.
For tens of thousands, and maybe hundreds of thousands, of children, there is no real choice when it comes to joining armed groups.
More than 650 million women alive today were married before the age of 18. Child marriage compromises a child’s development and severely limits her or his opportunities in life.
In some countries, the primary form of violence against children comes from within the family.
An estimated 535 million children, a quarter of the world's children, live in countries affected by conflict or disasters.
Poverty, lack of education, poor gender relations, and dysfunctional families can make children vulnerable to trafficking and sexual abuse.
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:
1. Ban all forms of violence against children and bring legislation to align with international standards
2. Invest in interventions that promote shifts in social attitudes and norms that condone violence
3. Listen to children; they have a right to live without violence, and they are leading a movement to share solutions. They need to be heard and involved.
Stop violence locally
If you know a child experiencing violence, report it to local authorities, talk openly in your community about incidents of violence against children in the news and how to prevent them from happening.
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.
Stories after Syria
Ahead of the seventh anniversary of the Syria crisis, World Vision partnered with Al Jazeera to help seven budding refugee filmmakers tell their stories. Their films share their hopes and difficulties living in a refugee camp, and celebrates their friendships.