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Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children

Interpersonal violence – in all its forms – has a grave effect on children: Violence undermines children’s future potential; damages their physical, psychological and emotional well-being; and in many cases, ends their lives. The report sheds light on the prevalence of different forms of violence against children, with global figures and data from 190 countries. Where relevant, data are disaggregated by age and sex, to provide insights into risk and protective factors.

Note: National police statistics for some countries record lower homicide levels than the statistical estimates shown here (which are derived from World Health Organization analyses for the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study). The Government of Rwanda has advised that they consider the statistical estimates in this table to be too high (official letter). WHO is currently undertaking new analyses for overall homicide death rates for Member States, which will incorporate substantially greater use of national police statistics, and expects to release these at the end of 2014. UNICEF will then update its estimates of homicides of children and adolescents accordingly.

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Author: UNICEF Price: Free No. of pages: 202 Publication date: September 2014 Publisher: UNICEF ISBN: 978-92-806-4767-9
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View Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children Executive Summary | English | French | Spanish | Arabic

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