Violence against Children in East Asia and the Pacific: A Regional Review and Synthesis of Findings
Violence against children – “encompassing physical or mental violence, injury and abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, and maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse”– is prevalent in all societies. Violence against children can have profound and damaging consequences in childhood, adolescence and throughout adulthood. Lifelong adverse health, social, and economic consequences exist for those affected by violence, including mental and physical health conditions; increased health and other risk behaviours; exposure to further violence; disability from physical injury; reduced health-related quality of life; lower educational attainment; and lower levels of adult economic well-being.
This report builds on the previously published systematic review of evidence from the East Asia and Pacific Region on the prevalence and consequences of violence against children. This current report represents an update and consolidation of these findings, covering literature published between 2000-2013 in any of the 30 countries in the region. Over 6,000 articles and reports were reviewed and 239 prevalence studies and 178 consequences studies are included in this synthesis.