Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 37, Supplement 1, pp 51–65 | Cite as

THRIVES: Using the best evidence to prevent violence against children

  • Susan HillisEmail author
  • James Mercy
  • Janet Saul
  • Jessie Gleckel
  • Neetu Abad
  • Howard Kress
Review Article


More than 1 billion children – half the children in the world – are victims of violence every year. As part of the Post-2015 sustainable development agenda, the UN has issued a global call-to-action: to eliminate violence against children. Essential to preventing violence against children is guidance to countries on using the best available evidence to address this problem. THRIVES provides this evidence. It represents a framework of complementary strategies that, taken together, have potential to achieve and sustain efforts to prevent violence against children. These strategies, which span health, social services, education, and justice sectors, include Training in parenting, Household economic strengthening, Reduced violence through legislative protection, Improved services, Values and norms that protect children, Education and life skills, and Surveillance and evaluation. For each THRIVES area, we review evidence for effectiveness and identify programmatic or policy examples. This framework will facilitate commitments to effective, sustainable, and scalable action.


violence against children global child maltreatment child sexual abuse prevention programs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Hillis
    • 1
    Email author
  • James Mercy
    • 2
  • Janet Saul
    • 3
  • Jessie Gleckel
    • 3
  • Neetu Abad
    • 4
  • Howard Kress
    • 2
  1. 1.National Center for Injury Prevention and ControlCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Division of Violence PreventionCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Division of Global HIV/AIDSCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Division of STD PreventionCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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