chapter  11
20 Pages

The Impact of Violence on Children

Safe environments that provide stability and protection from physical harm are essential to the optimal development of children. Yet in South Africa and elsewhere around the world, political strife, ethnic conflict, and criminal violence have proliferated in ways which seem indifferent to the hardships they impose on children and their families. As a result, countless children grow up without the stable and protected environs that best promote healthy deve1opment. Many still do weIl in spite of the conditions in which they are raised. Neverthe1ess it is clear that exposure to violence on such a scale is unquestionably detrimental to their health and weIl-being.