Violence against children in Latin America and the Caribbean: What do available data reveal about prevalence and perpetrators?
27 Nov, 2019
Violence in childhood is a global health and human rights issue. Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are recognized as among the most violent geographic areas globally, particularly for young people (1, 2). An estimated 58% of children 0 – 17 years of age in LAC (more than 99 million) experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse each year (3). Health consequences include physical injury, mental health problems, and increased risk of substance use, among others (4 – 6). Violence drains the health, social, and judicial sector budgets, with expenditures for treating survivors and prosecuting perpetrators (7). Furthermore, early exposure to violence has been linked to multiple forms of violence perpetration and victimization in adulthood (8).
PAN AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTHEditorial:
PNUD, Centro Regional