Violence Against Children adopts in its title the exhortation of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, "Making Human Rights Real," which also represents the leitmotif of the book. It examines the prevalence of violence against children in Africa, the Asia Pacific Region, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and in the United States, and explores major ways of its prevention. Making human rights real engenders the challenge of helping all children to be free from violence and to lead a life replete with genuine nurture and the elimination of all violence. Only in this manner will the goal of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development —target 16.2—be achieved and the child as a rights-bearing individual realized in her/his fullness.

The specially commissioned chapters that make up the volume have been written by renowned scholars, researchers and advocates. They coalesce to provide an overview of the challenges facing children exposed to violence worldwide, and they advance discussions of the measures which are available and necessary for the prevention of violence against children. The book is intended for policy-makers, researchers and students of the social sciences and human rights who are interested in ending all the widespread maltreatment of children in our societies and our time.

chapter 1|21 pages

Violence Against Children

From a Hidden Phenomenon to a Global Concern

part I|187 pages

General and International Dimensions of Violence Against Children

chapter 2|14 pages

Violence Against Children

Endemic, Detrimental, Preventable

chapter 3|25 pages


Using the Best Evidence to Prevent Violence Against Children 1

chapter 5|18 pages

Confronting Child Exploitation

The Optional Protocols and the Role of Children’s Rights Law

chapter 6|21 pages

Violence Against Children in Africa

chapter 9|24 pages

Violence Against Children in Latin America and the Caribbean

A Review of Population-Based Data Available for Measuring Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals

part II|174 pages

Violence Against Children and the United States

chapter 12|23 pages

The U.S. Department of Justice Defending Childhood Initiative

Advancing the Cause of Children Exposed to Violence

chapter 17|14 pages

The School to Prison Pipeline

chapter 18|17 pages

Racial and Ethnic Disparities of Children in the United States

Pursuing Equity and Engaging Structural Racism in Youth Serving Systems

chapter 19|20 pages

Youth Prisons as a Form of Violence

An International Human Rights Perspective