Violence Against Women and Children
Violence affects millions of women and children around the world. Those living in poverty are some of the most vulnerable to a range of everyday forms of violence—including sexual violence and domestic violence. When a man assaults his wife or partner, it’s seen as a “family matter” handled inside the home instead of reported to authorities. Sexual violence against children is frequent, and courts are ill-equipped to handle these cases and can’t respond when these women and children desperately need protection.
Nearly 1 in 5 girls is sexually abused at least once in her life.
Worldwide, up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under 16 years old.
Forms of Violence Against Women and Children
Women and children experience crimes like rape, sexual assault, molestation and other forms of sexual abuse.
Women are particularly vulnerable to violent abuse by their spouses or partners.
Our Community Protection Model
We help restore survivors of violence, build justice system capacity to identify and restrain offenders, and assist local authorities' efforts to prosecute and hold them accountable.
Our goal is to prevent violence from happening in the first place. That’s why IJM and our partners pursue sustainable improvements in local justice systems and build communities where all people can expect to be safe and protected.
Our Global Impact
Victims relieved from sexual and domestic violence
Women and children restored to safety and strength through IJM’s aftercare program and partners since 2013
Widows and orphans returned to their homes since 2004
Where we and our partners work to protect women and children from violence
SECURING JUSTICE IN GUATEMALA
In Central America, violence against women and children is the most common form of violence
When violence is completely normalized, it's easy to believe that change is impossible. But losing hope would be the worst mistake. IJM's work in Guatemala has shown that by increasing the chance of a perpetrator being convicted and reducing the backlog of cases, women and children can be successfully protected. The next step is to scale this solution to the whole country.
Children and Adolescents attend Fair organized by IJM Guatemala and Community Partners
IJM Bolivia signs Memorandum of Understanding with Bolivian Ministry of Justice
IJM Uganda Co-Hosts East Africa Prosecutor’s Conference
Forty-three Guatemalan Judges Receive Training on Trauma-Informed Care
Violence Against Women and Children Resources
We are seeing evidence that IJM’s model works—that enforcing the law deters criminals and protects people from violence. Here’s proof:
IJM Justice Review: A Journal on Protection and Justice for the Poor
Final Evaluation of Program to Combat Sexual Violence Against Children and Adolescents in Guatemala 2005-2017
The Criminal Justice System Response to Child Sexual Assault in Guatemala: 2013–2017
A Performance Study of the Bolivian Public Justice System
Learn more about our Casework
Violence Against Women and Children
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Police Abuse of Power
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