Safe at Home: An Inclusive Program Approach for Preventing and Responding to Co-Occurring Intimate Partner Violence and Child Maltreatment
Family violence is an endemic problem around the world, with 30% of women experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) in their lifetime and half of the world’s children experiencing child abuse. The global epidemic of violence in the home is even more severe for women and children with disabilities and older persons who face heightened risks. Despite evidence that suggests shared risk factors for violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC) in the context of the family, humanitarian programming has traditionally addressed the needs of women and children through separate approaches. To address gaps in research and programming on family violence in emergencies, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), with support from USAID/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, has developed the Safe at Home Resource Package.
The Resource package includes co-occurring violence prevention and response resources including curricula to be used with women’s groups, men’s groups, and with families as a whole as well as guidance to deepen response services to better serve families and older persons. The resource package includes four main modules:
Module 1: Introduction to Safe at Home
This short module covers Safe at Home essentials: objectives of the approach, the evidence base for it, when to implement, and budget and staffing requirements.
Module 2: Women and Children Safe at Home
This module covers the Safe at Home program approach, how to facilitate Safe at Home, includes the women’s, men’s and family curricula, training guide, and monitoring and evaluation resources.
- Part 1: Setting up the Safe at Home Program
- Part 2: My Facilitation Guide
- Part 3: Women’s Curriculum, Men’s Curriculum, Family Curriculum
- Part 4: Safe at Home Monitoring and Evaluation- coming soon!
- Part 5: Training Guide
- Safe at Home Response Guidance for Co-Occurring Intimate Partner Violence and Child Maltreatment
Module 3: Women and Children with Disabilities and Older People Safe at Home
This module contains five short inclusion curricula aiming to address stigma and discrimination for women and children with disabilities and older persons. Planning, facilitation, monitoring and evaluation and training guides are currently being tested. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for access to these materials.
- Introduction to Human Diversity and Disability Inclusion: The Rainbow Within Us All
- Preventing Violence against Women and Girls with Disabilities
- Intimate Partner Violence through the Life Course
- Preventing Violence, Abuse and Neglect of Older Women and Older Men
- Guidance for Integrating an Older Age Lens into Existing Case Management
Module 4: Safe at Home Learning
This module contains published research on the Safe at conceptual approach, impact evaluation and qualitative learning.
- Developing an Inclusive Model for Preventing Violence in the Home in Humanitarian Settings: Qualitative Findings from Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Preventing Co-Occurring Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Role of Family Functioning and Programmatic Reflections
 World Health Organization. (2013). Global and regional estimates of violence against women: prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence.
 Centers for Disease Control. (2015).