Making the Connection: Intimate partner violence and violence against children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) & United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

This report summarizes the main findings of the ‘Study on Violence against Women and Violence against Children,’ conducted in Albania, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine from 2016 to 2017, to identify major areas of overlap between intimate partner violence (IPV) and violence against children (VAC). It recognizes that IPV is just one of the many forms of violence against women and girls (VAW/G) that occurs in households. Women experience violence not only at the hands of their intimate partners, but also from other members of the household. In many countries, in-laws (particularly older women), and grown-up sons and daughters may also perpetrate violence against women. This report, however, focuses on IPV because of the relative availability of comparable data on this issue.

It argues that tackling both IPV and VAC together can help to break cycles of violence and begin to erode the underlying causes of both forms of violence. Based on evidence of the overlaps between IPV and VAC in the region, the report provides a blueprint for future research to fill the data gaps; policy and legislative reform; and comprehensive multisectoral programming for effective prevention and response.