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Violence against children

© UNICEF Malaysia/2006/Nadchatram

Violence against children includes physical and mental abuse as well as injury, neglect, exploitation and sexual abuse.

Tragically, children experience violence in all spaces most familiar to them: in homes, schools, parks and communities they live in. They also suffer abuse and exploitation in orphanages, on streets, in the workplace, in cyberspace as well as in places of detention.

Malaysia: Child abuse Reported to the Royal Malaysian Police

       Year                   Total Cases         Monthly Ave

§ 2005                        2,236                       186

§ 2008                        5,744                       479

§ 2011                        3,428                       286

Like in most countries, only extreme child abuse and neglect cases are reported in Malaysia, often involving tragic elements of disturbing injuries, sexual abuse or even death.

International experience suggests that reported cases are likely to represent only 10 per cent of total cases perpetrated as most victims and their families remain too ashamed or unable to report the violations against them.

Violence affects children's physical and mental health, impairs their ability to learn and socialise, and undermines their development as functional adults and good parents later in life. In the most severe cases, violence against children can also lead to death.

The causes of violence against children are complex. Family breakdown, stress, chronic poverty, unemployment, mental health disorders, substance abuse, homelessness, community violence and lack of quality parental time contribute to cases of abuse and neglect of children.

 

 

 

 

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