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Where we focus

Safety

Each year, millions of people—particularly women and children—are subject to violence and abuse, and struggle to feel safe in their homes and communities. Trapped in countries plagued by crisis, many cannot access the resources they need to ensure their own safety and recover from abuse.

Our goals

If people cannot find safety, they will struggle to improve their lives. The International Rescue Committee helps those who are recovering from conflict and disaster seek protection from harm, build safer communities, and understand their human rights.
  • Ensure that people are safe in their homes and receive support when they experience harm


    How we get there:

    • Supporting women and girls in having healthy and safe relationships, and working with men to change violent behavior and stop intimate partner violence;
    • Ensuring children are not physically, sexually, or psychologically abused, or neglected or exploited, within their homes.

    See all safety goals.

  • Ensure that students are safe in their schools and receive support when they experience harm


    How we get there:

    • Making classrooms safe spaces for healing and learning for both girls and boys;
    • Supporting teacher well-being, and incorporating social and emotional learning into school curricula to enhance student well-being in the short and long term.

    See all safety goals.

  • Ensure that people are safe in their work places and receive support when they experience harm


    How we get there:

    • Ensuring women, girls, men and boys are safe from violence at work;
    • Developing knowledge and skills of employers and employees to maintain a safe physical workplace.

    See all safety goals.

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