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Main findings

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§ Violence in the home and family is a major concern. On average, across the region, some 30 per cent of children say that ‘people hit each other’ in their home.

§ There is growing evidence that children suffer psychological harm when they live in a violent domestic setting. Children say they feel unhappy and there are indications that family violence is linked to school drop-out, drug abuse and crime.

§ Most violence inflicted by teachers is in the guise of ‘discipline’ and reflects widespread attitudes to corporal punishment as acceptable. Teachers also punish children by humiliating them or subjecting them to other verbal tirades.

§ Children who come into conflict with the law risk violence at the hands of law enforcement personnel. They may be physically assaulted in the process of eliciting information. In extreme cases, children may be summarily executed.

§ Children living on the streets are vulnerable to gang violence, police brutality, harassment from extortionists, arrest for petty crimes, work related violence and exploitation, and the random violence that occurs on the streets particularly when adults seek someone weaker to abuse or exploit.

§ Children surfing the Internet or accessing websites and chat rooms through their mobile telephones risk meeting someone on-line who intends to ‘groom’ them with a view to gaining their trust in order to exploit them.

§ The violence inflicted on children via new technologies may be both physical and psychological. The pervasive nature of the technology makes children feel that the violence is following them into their most private and secluded moments.

§ Since many of the children who enter the world of work are too young for formal employment, they enter the informal labour market where they are more likely to be exploited and suffer various forms of violence.

§ Child workers are physically and psychologically punished for perceived poor performance (or just to ‘keep them in their place’) in much the same way as pupils in schools are.


SOURCE: Violence Against Children. Regional Consultation East Asia and the Pacific, 2006. 





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