Violence and Injury Prevention

Violence against children

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Violence against children includes all forms of violence against people under 18 years old. For infants and younger children, violence mainly involves child maltreatment (i.e. physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect) at the hands of parents and other authority figures. Boys and girls are at equal risk of physical and emotional abuse and neglect, and girls are at greater risk of sexual abuse. As children reach adolescence, peer violence and intimate partner violence, in addition to child maltreatment, become highly prevalent.

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1 in 2children aged 2-17 years suffered violence in the past year


Target 16.2in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aims to end all forms of violence against children

SDG Target 16.2

7 strategiesfor ending violence against children