Violence against children (VAC) refers to all forms of violence against people under 18 years old perpetrated by parents or other caregivers, peers, romantic partners, or strangers. Globally, it is estimated that up to 1 billion children are subject to violence each year. VAC has strong, long-lasting effects on brain function, mental health, health risk behaviors, and non-communicable diseases, infectious diseases such as HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, and social functioning.
The direct and indirect economic costs of these effects are substantial, and violence against children undermines the potential of both individuals and societies. This hub presents evidence that can be utilized by individuals or organizations interested in learning how best to respond and prevent violence against children.