Despite the positive developments seen in recent years, the urgent need to protect children from violence has not diminished. No country or region is ‘immune’ to violence against children. Every five minutes, somewhere on our planet, violence takes the life of another child. Every year, at least 1 billion children – half of the world’s children – suffer violence.
We know that every child is vulnerable to violence.
There are however a number of key risk factors, including discrimination, poverty, disability and gender, with girls affected disproportionately by certain forms of violence, boys affected more than we once thought, and both unlikely to report the violence they experience.