Fabliona, age 4, holds her toys getting ready to go to a party with her mother Jeta, 24, in Tirana, Albania on 8 June 2018. Jeta was physically and mentally abused by her husband, who became violent after discovering that Jeta was pregnant with a girl. After Jeta gave birth to Fabliona, he continued the abuse, extending it towards his daughter. Jeta has lived alone with Fabliona for two years, having obtained a protection order against her father. The UNICEF-backed House of Colours NGO gave Jeta and Fabliona legal and psychological support and assisted them with food and clothing. ‘My biggest wish is that anytime my daughter asks for something from me, I can say yes.’ Jeta says.
Violence against children at home is commonplace across the Eastern European/Central Asian region, with around half of all children in these countries experiencing violent discipline and/or abuse. UNICEF works with partners to prevent and respond to violence against children, aiming to reduce violence at home, at school, in the community and online, as well as to break the silence on this hidden epidemic.We promote the expansion of services that provide safeguards against violence, such as social welfare and child-friendly justice, and work to ensure that child victims know where and how to get help. Examples of UNICEF’s work in practice include: Our School without Violence (SwV) Programme, which aims to create safe schools for every child and protect children affected by violence; the #EndViolence campaign, which helps friends, families and neighbors recognize and report violence against children; and the Gender Action Plan, in which UNICEF harnesses the full force of its global presence and partners to help further gender equality and level the playing field.