Violence against children in Serbia

A national report

Mother threatening to hit her daughter with a belt
UNICEF Serbia/2017/Pancic


Research evidence indicates that violence against children in Serbia is widespread in different forms.

It appears as direct, interpersonal, physical, psychological, or sexual violence; as neglect that deprives a child from needs satisfaction and prevents its development; and also in less direct and more complex forms, as structural violence that appears in different forms, such as child marriage, child labour or other types of exploitation, or multifaceted social exclusion.

Manifestations of violence also vary according to other features: who the perpetrator is, how severely the child is harmed, what the shortterm and long-term consequences are, in which context it occurs and which institutional responses are available for the protection of child.

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