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May 2007Vol. 8, No. 4UN Report on Violence Against Children

A worldwide study on violence against children was recently released by the United Nations (UN). The study was a global effort to paint a detailed picture of the nature, extent, and causes of violence against children and to propose clear recommendations for action to prevent and respond to it.

World Report on Violence Against Children looks at violence occurring in many settings, including the home, school, places of work, and the community. A final chapter explores measures that can be taken to prevent violence. A version of the report has been adapted for youth, and it has also been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. A website for the report provides background documents, resources and activities for children, and a newsletter.

World Report on Violence Against Children is available online:

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