Every day millions of boys and girls around the world experience fear and violence – physical, emotional or sexual. This need not happen. Violence in childhood is preventable – through concerted and collective action that addresses the root causes of violence and lays firm foundations for both sustainable development and more peaceful societies.
Ending Violence in Childhood: Global Report 2017 documents the scale of violence experienced by millions of the world’s children in their everyday lives and relationships, in their homes, schools and communities. It presents the latest evidence on the causes and consequences of violence in childhood, and demonstrates how such violence can be prevented.
The Report has been produced by the Know Violence in Childhood initiative, which brought together researchers and experts from around the world to investigate a sensitive and difficult subject that for too long has remained hidden or taboo.
Violence in childhood can be ended, through concerted efforts and collective action. If we are to build more peaceful societies, we must start with our children.
Children are all too often victims of persistent violence. This need not be the case. Concerted efforts and collective action can end violence in childhood within a single generation. Experiences from across the world provide numerous examples of effective and promising efforts by governments, communities and organizations to prevent violence across the settings where it is experienced by children.