Preventing and responding to violence against children in the Americas

Regional status report 2020

A child from the caravan of Central American migrants
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Highlights

Violence against children, defined as those under 18 years of age, is widespread in the Region of the Americas, and it takes many different, equally unacceptable forms. The Region has the highest child homicide rate in the world. Many children and adolescents have experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse in the past year (an estimated 58% of children aged 2-17 in Latin America and 61% in North America).[1]

This report specifically aims to:

  • take stock of challenges and achievements in the Americas in the prevention and response to violence against children in line with the INSPIRE framework;
  • analyze region-specific lessons learned in order to inform policy and practice in countries;
  • mobilize stakeholders in countries and the Region to deepen dialogue, strengthen partnerships and act on findings to prevent and respond to violence against children.

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[1] Hillis S, Mercy J, Amobi A, Kress H. Global prevalence of past-year violence against children: a systematic review and minimum estimates. Pediatrics. 2016;137(3):e20154079. Doi: doi.org/10.1542/peds.2015-4079.

Cover Preventing and responding to violence against children in the Americas
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Pan American Health Organization
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Spanish, English

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