Background

This study examines the effectiveness of The Community Nurse-Midwifery Early (COME) Intervention in rural Uganda, which targets low-income young parents through a home-visiting program in order to reduce violence against children. 

The target population, 18-24-year-old parents with children 0-3 years old, were selected not only because they are at higher risk of committing abuse or neglect, but because they are also most receptive to prevention and early intervention strategies, as identified in a population-based screening and assessment of families of newborns. This study seeks to understand if this program results in changes to parental attitudes towards harsh punishment and a greater sense of responsibility for children’s well-being.