Violence Against Children

Many misconceptions exist about violence against children. When thinking of violence, many people may think about physical harm or child abuse. However, violence against children not only involves the intentional harming of a child or adolescent but also includes mental anguish and neglect. Furthermore, violence does not only occur in the home at the hands of parents or guardians and does not always result in the child being removed from the home and placed into a safer environment. This entry addresses the types of violence against children, where child violence occurs, who commits child violence, and the effects of violence on children.

Types of Violence Against Children

Violence against children is not uncommon. An estimated 1 billion children are victimized worldwide every year. Violence against children ...

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