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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.

Our impact

In 2015, the International Rescue Committee and our partners helped:


vulnerable children with counseling, care and support and trained 9,525 child protection workers.

Mustafa Hassan and the 50 members of his child-protection team in Jordan do the painstaking detective work necessary to help Syrian children separated from their families reunite with relatives.

Read his story.

families with parenting support and techniques they can use to communicate and problem-solve effectively with their children.

We released the results of groundbreaking research on preventing violence against children by focusing on the most important people in their lives: their caregivers.

Read the report.

survivors of gender based violence with counseling and health, social and legal services.

The IRC offers uprooted Iraqi women and girls like Basma with counseling, therapeutic group activities, legal support and other assistance.

Read their story.

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