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Predictable, Preventable: Best Practices for Addressing Interpersonal and Self-Directed Violence During and After Disasters


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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Keywords:Conflict, violence & peace, Peacebuilding, Post-conflict, Protection, human rights & security, Urban, Working in conflict setting
Agency:IFRC - International Federation of Red Cross/ Red Cresent Societies
Date published:2012


This advocacy report encourages making the prevention of interpersonal and self-directed
violence a priority within the International Federation’s response to disasters. The aim is
not to eradicate all endemic social problems during a disaster response, but to contain
and reduce the risk of violence so it does not escalate and to create an environment where
prevention is eventually possible. Whether through food distribution, building shelter,
providing clean water, generating livelihoods, giving medical treatment or mobilizing communities
on health or psychosocial issues, violence prevention needs to be a cross-cutting
issue that is part of the responsibility, vision and action of all disaster responders.

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