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Alina Potts

Former Specialist

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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.
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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.


Mary Catherine Maternowska; Alina Potts; Deborah Fry; Tabitha Casey


Mary Catherine Maternowska; Alina Potts; Deborah Fry


Pandemics and Violence Against Women and Children (2020)

Amber Peterman, Alina Potts, Megan O'Donnell, Kelly Thompson, Niyati Shah, Sabine Oertelt-Prigione, Nicole van Geltert
CGD Working Paper, 2020-4 (528)

Risk Factors for Childhood Violence and Polyvictimization: A Cross-Country Analysis from Three Regions (2019)

Tia Palermo, Audrey Pereira, Naomi Neijhoft, Ghaji Bello, Robert Buluma, Pierre Diem, Rocio Aznar Daban, Inah Fatoumata Kaloga, Aminul Islam, They Kheam, Birgithe Lund-Henriksenj, Nankali Maksudk, Mary Catherine Maternowska, Alina Potts, Chivith Rottanak, Chea Samnangm, Mary Shawan, Miho Yoshikawa, Amber Peterman
Child Abuse and Neglect, 2019-2, vol. 88, pp. 348-361.


A ‘toxic cocktail’: How life on the margins can exacerbate children’s vulnerability to violence (06 Apr 2018)

For too many children, the places where they should feel safe—at home, at school, in their communities—are the first and most fr ...

Lessons from Lebanon in preventing violence against women and girls (01 Dec 2017)

Women’s organizations in Lebanon are a force to be reckoned with—even in the frontier town of Arsaal, which occupies a high plat ...