Violence Against Children: A Critical Issue for Development
Hoeffler, Anke (2017), Violence Against Children: A Critical Issue for Development, European Journal of Development Research;0957-8811, 29, 5, p. 945–963. 10.1057/s41287-017-0107-2
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Journal nameEuropean Journal of Development Research;0957-8811
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Université d' Oxford [CRL]
Abstract (EN)"Violence against children is a human rights challenge. According to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.2, all violence against children should be eliminated. This paper discusses how violence against children can be defined and which forms it takes. Parental violence in the form of physical discipline is highly prevalent, particularly in low-income countries. This violence causes suffering, has serious health consequences and reduces human capital. This article estimates that 311 million children are subjected to severe forms of physical punishment, equivalent to 17.5 per cent of all children worldwide. In contrast to other forms of violence (e.g. civil wars and terrorism), ‘every day’ violence against children receives little attention in development research, despite the high prevalence rates and resulting adverse consequences for societal development. This special issue presents evidence from promising parenting interventions for violence reduction in low-income settings in Kenya, Liberia and Uganda."
Subjects / KeywordsViolence; UN Sustainable Development Goals; Corporal punishment; Child development
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