Violence against children and adolescents in the time of COVID-19
During the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, factors such as limitations on economic activity, school closures, reduced access to health-care services and physical distancing increase the likelihood of children and adolescents becoming vulnerable and being exposed to violence and other violations of their rights (Bhatia and others, 2020; UNICEF, 2020b).
In Latin America and the Caribbean, the gradual deterioration in socioeconomic factors in the past decade (ECLAC, 2020a) has reduced essential elements of protection and may generate an even sharper increase in violence against children and adolescents in the time of COVID-19 than before the crisis (WHO, 2020a). Factors such as pre-existing inequalities in the region
This document examines the exacerbation of risks and the erosion of protection factors relating to physical, psychological and sexual violence in the home experienced by adolescents and children, especially girls, within the context of COVID-19 in the region. It also provides recommendations on the integration of concrete actions into the response mechanisms developed by Latin American and Caribbean States to address the COVID-19 crisis.