A familiar face
Violence in the lives of children and adolescents
All children have the right to be protected from violence inflicted on them by anyone in their lives – whether parents, teachers, friends, romantic partners or strangers.
And all forms of violence experienced by children, regardless of the nature or severity of the act, are harmful.
Beyond the unnecessary hurt and pain it causes, violence undermines children’s sense of self-worth and hinders their development. Yet violence against children is often rationalized as necessary or inevitable. It may be tacitly accepted due to the familiarity of perpetrators, or minimized as inconsequential. The memory or reporting of violence may be buried due to shame or fear of reprisal. Impunity of perpetrators and prolonged exposure may leave victims believing violence is normal. In such ways, violence is masked, making it difficult to prevent and end.