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NJAINE, Kathie; ASSIS, Simone Gonçalves de; GOMES, Romeu  and  MINAYO, Maria Cecília de Souza. Networks for prevention of violence: from utopia to action. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2006, vol.11, suppl., pp.1313-1322. ISSN 1678-4561.

This article aims to discuss the experience of networks for the protection of people exposed to situations of violence or prevention networks. It is based on the concept created by Castells, who defines the information age. This study is part of the investigation Successful Experiences in the Prevention of Violence, carried out by the Latin-American Center for Studies on Violence Jorge Careli/ENSP-IFF/Fiocruz, in cooperation with the Secretariat for Health Survey of the Ministry ofHealth. The article analyzes the possibilities and limitations in the construction of networks for the prevention of violence, seeking to understand the sense of actions and movements carried out in networks. The method we used is a case study of two network initiatives in the southern region of the country. In terms of results, in face of the difficulties of working in networks, we found it to be necessary: to break with sectorial and vertical actions; to promote constant communication and interchange of information; to permanently train the professionals and persons involved in the network, incorporating them into the protective and preventive actions; and to promote the participation of wide social sectors. In conclusion, one can affirm that the construction of a protection network involves complex steps, looking to the same problem with new eyes and a new vision for planting solutions.

Keywords : Network; Prevention; Violence; Child; Adolescent.

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