Our strategy focuses on four key areas of work: Knowledge, Accompaniment, Community and Advocacy.
We focus on curating, developing and disseminating different types of knowledge drawn from research and practice in ways that are accessible to practitioners and activists. This includes:
- Maintaining our highly curated knowledge platform that contains a searchable database of selected materials that have been vetted by our team and that are most closely linked to our focus areas.
- Creating knowledge resources in a variety of formats that are engaging and accessible.
- Presenting complex issues in a synthesised manner that captures the points of greatest interest to practitioners and activists.
- Synthesising practice based learning that elevates the experience of practitioners and shares practical guidance and approaches.
Through our Accompaniment Programme, we match specially-trained Prevention Advisors with organisations that are seeking to strengthen and expand their programming on preventing violence against women and/or children. We offer longer-term Learning Partnership and shorter-term Strategic Advisory Services.
As a learning organisation, we aim to create a sense of community and continuously share and exchange with our members, our partners and the VAW and VAC fields more broadly. We organise a range of learning opportunities including working groups, webinars and annual meetings. We prioritise two-way dialogue, the inclusion of diverse voices and practice-based learning.
The Collaborative is shaping a new narrative to inspire action and increase commitment to preventing violence against women. Our collectively defined advocacy agenda will challenge key constraints in the current prevention field and motivate more actors to get involved. We advocate with donors, governments and others to eliminate the structural and political barriers that limit the effectiveness of prevention-related programmes and movements.
In this first period, we have deliberately chosen to concentrate our attention on violence against women and children in the family. Of all the violence in women’s lives, abuse by an intimate partner is by far the most common. Likewise, corporal punishment in the home is the largest contributor to the global burden of violence against children. This makes the home the single most common setting of abuse worldwide. The home is also the cradle for the next generation of potential victims and abusers. As such, it is a critical site for prevention. How children are socialised, what they are taught about the roles, responsibilities and freedoms of boys versus girls, and what they learn about the utility and acceptability of violence, will influence their future lives. Working to address both issues simultaneously is also a critical way to begin breaking down the silos between the violence against women and violence against children communities.