Year Published: 2014

Authors: Shanaaz Mathews and Patricia Benvenuti

Publisher: Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

Suggested Citation: Mathews S & Benvenuti P (2014) Violence against children in South Africa: developing a prevention agenda. In: Mathews S, Jamieson L, Lake L & Smith C (eds) South African Child Gauge 2014. Cape Town: Children's Institute, University of Cape Town.


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This essay reviews the latest research to address the following critical questions: How is violence against children best defined? What is known about the extent of violence against children in South Africa? What are the patterns of violence against children across the life course? What are the immediate and long-term effects of violence against children? What are the risk and protective factors and what are the recommendations?