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Alina Potts

Former Specialist (Former title)

Alina Potts joined Innocenti in March 2015 to coordinate the Multi-Country Study on the Drivers of Violence Affecting Children. She also provides technical advice on applied research examining the intersection between intimate partner violence and violence affecting children in emergencies, led by UNICEF and the CPC Learning Network. She holds an MPH from Columbia University in Forced Migration and Health, and has led gender-based violence programming in a number of humanitarian responses over the past 10 years. Alina also has experience in field-based research on grave violations against children in conflict, and has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in the US, UK and Ireland.

Publications

Research that Drives Change: Conceptualizing and Conducting Nationally Led Violence Prevention Research
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Research that Drives Change: Conceptualizing and Conducting Nationally Led Violence Prevention Research

Globally, studies have demonstrated that children in every society are affected by physical, sexual and emotional violence. The drive to both quantify and qualify violence through data and research has been powerful: discourse among policy makers is shifting from “this does not happen here” to “what is driving this?” and “how can we address it?” To help answer these questions, the Multi-Country Study on the Drivers of Violence Affecting Children – conducted in Italy, Viet Nam, Peru and Zimbabwe – sought to disentangle the complex and often interrelated underlying causes of violence affecting children (VAC) in these four countries. Led by the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti with its academic partner, the University of Edinburgh, the Study was conducted by national research teams comprised of government, practitioners and academic researchers in each of the four countries.
The multi-country study on the drivers of violence affecting children. A cross-country snapshot of findings
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The multi-country study on the drivers of violence affecting children. A cross-country snapshot of findings

What We Know about Ethical Research Involving Children in Humanitarian Settings: An overview of principles, the literature and case studies
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What We Know about Ethical Research Involving Children in Humanitarian Settings: An overview of principles, the literature and case studies

This working paper identifies and explores the issues that should be considered when undertaking ethical research involving children in humanitarian settings. Both the universal (i.e. relevant to all research involving children) and specific ethical issues that may arise when involving children in research in humanitarian settings are examined.

Blogs

A ‘toxic cocktail’: How life on the margins can exacerbate children’s vulnerability to violence
Blog Blog

A ‘toxic cocktail’: How life on the margins can exacerbate children’s vulnerability to violence

For too many children, the places where they should feel safe—at home, at school, in their communities—are the first and most frequent sites of violence. The latest data presented in UNICEF's A Familiar Face shows, for example, that nearly 300 million children between the ages of 2 and 4 experience violent discipline by their caregivers on a regular basis.
Lessons from Lebanon in preventing violence against women and girls
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Lessons from Lebanon in preventing violence against women and girls

Women’s organizations in Lebanon are a force to be reckoned with—even in the frontier town of Arsaal, which occupies a high plateau in the northeast of the country ...
When over 500 minds converge to prevent gender-based violence
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When over 500 minds converge to prevent gender-based violence

Late last month, over 500 researchers, policymakers, donors and activists descended on the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 5th bi-annual Sexual Violence Research Initiative Forum, the largest global gathering focusing on gender-based violence (GBV) in low- and middle-income countries. 
‘Nobody will answer you if you talk’: The case for research on trafficking in emergencies
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‘Nobody will answer you if you talk’: The case for research on trafficking in emergencies

In the spring of 2013, I traveled to northern Syria as part of an international organization’s emergency response team. Over the course of that year, more than a hundred thousand people would flee fighting further south only to find the border with Turkey closed, and seek safety in makeshift camps strewn among parched olive groves. 

Journal articles

COVID-19: Reducing the risk of infection might increase the risk of intimate partner violence
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COVID-19: Reducing the risk of infection might increase the risk of intimate partner violence

Disclosure, reporting and help seeking among child survivors of violence: a cross-country analysis
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Disclosure, reporting and help seeking among child survivors of violence: a cross-country analysis

Pandemics and Violence Against Women and Children
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Pandemics and Violence Against Women and Children

Risk Factors for Childhood Violence and Polyvictimization: A Cross-Country Analysis from Three Regions
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Risk Factors for Childhood Violence and Polyvictimization: A Cross-Country Analysis from Three Regions