The Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse (LINEA) is a multi-pronged project exploring how social norm theory can be used to reduce child sexual exploitation and abuse. Uniquely focused on primary prevention of exploitation and abuse outside of the context of organised crime, LINEA has an initial emphasis on the sexual exploitation of adolescent girls in low and middle income countries.
LINEA aims to better understand the interdependence of human behaviour and the power of community-level change, and in doing so goes beyond traditional programmatic strategies that tend to target individuals. Now in Phase II, the LINEA Project combines research with partnership-building to guide the development of programs to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse before they happen. LINEA sits within LSHTM’s Gender Violence and Health Centre (GVHC).
LINEA also coordinates a network made up of partners in research, programming, policy, advocacy and funding who work to prevent the sexual exploitation and abuse of young people. It is a vibrant and open forum for groups and individuals engaging with, or interested in learning about, norms and structural factors driving vulnerability. The Network hosts regular webinars, providing a platform for sharing developments in the areas of social norms, structural drivers and child sexual exploitation and abuse.
To join the Network and receive information about webinars and other activities, please register here . There is no fee to participate in the Network.