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The Role of Families in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

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Global Counterterrorism Forum

Initiative to Address the Life Cycle of Radicalization to Violence

The Role of Families in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism:
Strategic Recommendations and Programming Options

At the Sixth Ministerial Plenary  Meeting  in  New  York  on  27  September  2015,  Global Counterterrorism Forum  (GCTF)  Ministers  endorsed  the  launch  of  the  GCTF’s 
Initiative  to Address the Life Cycle of Radicalization to Violence (Life Cycle Initiative). As part of this new initiative,  the  GCTF’s  Countering  Violent  Extremism  (CVE)  Working  Group  was  tasked to develop  recommendations  and  programming  options  focusing  on  the  role  of  families in preventing and countering violent extremism.

Families  are  vital  to  preventing  and  countering violent  extremism  (P/CVE).  From  shaping attitudes toward non-violence to serving as a “front line” actor
in identifying signs of possible radicalization  to  violence,  preventing  such  radicalization’s  onset,  and  intervening  in  the radicalization process, families represent key, of
ten under-utilized, partners in P/CVE efforts.

Yet,  even  as  the  need  for  family-centered  CVE  programming  is  acknowledged,  engaging families presents challenges – from finding credible partners, to managing risk, and identifying the best intervention opportunities. At times, family members can also be part of the problem, especially when   the   parent-child relationship does not exist or is   difficult.   In such circumstances, a credible community figure, who has the respect of the concerned individual, could provide that supportive role and the necessary intervention.

Read more: https://www.thegctf.org/Portals/1/Documents/Toolkit-documents/English-The-Role-of-Familes-in-PCVE.pdf