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Violence in childhood – also a Swiss problem

Tuesday 5th of December 2017 | Europe, Switzerland
swissinfo.ch | Isobel Leybold-Johnson
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Nearly three out of four children worldwide experience some form of violence, a major international report has concluded. No country is spared, even Switzerland, where experts say corporal punishment at home is still widespread.


The recently published, highly comprehensive studyexternal link, by India-based advocacy group Know Violence in Childhoodexternal link, found that an estimated 1.7 billion boys and girls suffer mental or physical abuse each year.

Corporal punishment at home was the most common form of violence, affecting 1.3 billion children up to the age of 14, said the report, the findings of which were presented to Swiss experts at a Unicef Switzerlandexternal link event in mid-November. Violence was prevalent on every continent.

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