Predictable,PreventableBest Practices in Addressing Interpersonal andSelf-Directed Violence During and After Disastersview the photo essay
photo credit: IFRC TITLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 NEXTDisasters disrupt and damage landscapes and human lives.
Photo CREDIT: christopher black, IFRC TITLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PREV NEXTDespite the loss and devastation, disasters can often bring people andcommunities together, and acts of remarkable humanity take place.
Photo CREDIT: Talia Frenkel American Red Cross TITLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PREV NEXTHowever, following a disaster, people’s safety and security can be further under mined by violence, in the form of abuse, exploitation, harassment and discrimination, both from other survivors, and from those who are supposed to help.
Photo CREDIT: Benoit Matsha-Carpentier, IFRC TITLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PREV NEXTViolence can thrive in the chaotic conditions that follow disasters. Lack of access tobasic services, increased stress, substance abuse, family separation, insecure andcrowded living conditions and misuse of power all contribute to increasing the risk.
Photo CREDIT: Benoit Matsha-Carpentier, IFRC TITLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PREV NEXTAlthough anyone can be vulnerable to violence, women,children and other marginalized people are at particular risk.
Photo CREDIT: canadian red crossTraining on abuse,exploitation andpower for IFRCfield staff workingin La Piste camp,Haiti. TITLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PREV NEXTWhile complex in its causes, violence after disasters is not inevitable;it is in fact, preventable.
Photo CREDIT: Juliet Kerr, IFRCA childwearing a stickercalling for anend to violenceagainst women.La Piste camp,Port-au-Prince, Haiti TITLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PREV NEXTLike cholera, malaria, malnutrition, or other public health problemsassociated with disasters, the factors that put people at risk for violencecan, and must, be addressed.
Americas disaster disaster preparedness response TITLE 1 2 3 4 5 VIOLENCE 6 PREVENTION 7 8 9 disaster recovery 10 and development PREV NEXTBy effectively addressing violence prevention across all aspects of thedisaster programming cycle – preparedness, response, recovery anddevelopment – violence within disasters can be predicted and prevented.
Photo credit: Canadian Red Cross“Violence breaks up families, communities and countries; Watch those around you and protect your TITLE community.” 1Red Cross SMS 2Violence Prevention 3Campaign, Haiti. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PREV NEXTRed Cross Red Crescent National Societies can help tip the scales in favourof safety during disasters. This is already being done through best practicesin some disaster situations.
Photo CREDIT: benoit matsha-carpentier, IFRC TITLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PREVWhether assisting with shelter, health care, the delivery of clean waterand food, or helping to create livelihoods, violence prevention needs tobe part of the responsibility, vision and action of all disaster responders.