Background

In some of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities of the Dominican Republic, this study looks at how a variety of caregiver and community-based interventions reduced violence against children. 

This program, implemented by the Centers for the Integral Attention of Children (CIANIs) and Local Community Organizations for Child Protection (LCOCP), developed innovative, community-based strategies that support caregivers, improve parent-child relationships and family functioning, and strengthen communities to support families. Through their parenting school, caregivers received training on positive parenting, conflict management, and alternatives to harsh punishment. This study examines the extent to which this parenting programming succeeds in shifting the norms and values that can surround violence, and ultimately in its impact in reducing violence against children.