Violence against children takes many forms. It includes physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, as well as neglect or deprivation.
Violence occurs in many settings. It can happen in the home, at school, and in the community. Perpetrators can include family members, intimate partners, peers, teachers, neighbours or strangers.
When perpetrators inflict harm, pain and humiliation on children they not only cause serious suffering, they hinder a child’s development.
Beyond the tragic effects on individuals and families, violence against children carries serious economic and social costs in lost potential and reduced productivity.
Around the world there is a growing awareness of the need to examine patterns of violence against children, as well as attitudes and norms that contribute to the problem.