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IASC Definition & Principles of a Victim_Survivor Centered Approach

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) is committed to applying an end-to-end1 victim/survivor-centred approach to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and sexual harassment (SH). This guidance sets out a common definition of a victim/survivor2 centered approach, its underlying principles and key actions and is designed to assist IASC members to adopt and implement a victim/survivor-centred approach in their formal and informal processes, policies and procedures in relation to SEA and SH.
SEA and SH are forms of Gender-Based Violence. This document builds on and is consistent with previously issued guidance, including those developed under the IASC and within the United Nations system (see Annex 2).


  • Language: English
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  • Theme: Survivor Centered Approach
  • Year of publication: 2023
  • Author: IASC
  • Size: 285.99 KB
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Sexual exploitation and abuse represents a catastrophic failure of protection. It brings harm to those whom we are mandated to protect.

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee is working to scale up protection from sexual exploitation and abuse across humanitarian response efforts. This website and global dashboard has been developed and managed through the support of UNICEF. It is dedicated to providing technical support and resources to practitioners, and to tracking inter-agency, collective progress across countries with a humanitarian response.