What is it about?

Violence against children is a global health concern. The study found that acquaintances and family members committed more child abuse in emergencies rather than strangers. Moreover, even though girls are less exposed to physical violence than boys, they are more vulnerable and the impacts of the violence against them are greater. while the level of violence increases after many emergencies in comparison to before disasters, the rate of violence reporting is less than the real rate due to disruption in infrastructure and the reporting mechanism.

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Why is it important?

Lack of evidence on the extent and intensity of violence against children decrease the effectiveness of humanitarian aid activities to ensure that children receive appropriate targeted care or sufficient resources for effective support. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the studies conducted in this field and inspect existing efforts to identify and prevent violence against children.


I hope the results of this paper lead to Training all stakeholders in emergencies, Focusing on lower socioeconomic status families in aid distribution and Child protection policies at the national level in disasters. Also, researchers more focus on child protection in disasters than before.

Hamed Seddighi
University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Science

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This page is a summary of: Child Abuse in Natural Disasters and Conflicts: A Systematic Review, Trauma Violence & Abuse, March 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1524838019835973.
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