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Study on violence against children ‘to serve as reference’ to lawmakers

74.6% of children experience at least one form of physical violence — study

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AMMAN — A recent study conducted by the National Council for Family Affairs (NCFA), UNICEF Jordan, and various governmental and non-governmental institutions revealed data that can be relevant to decision-makers and institutions regarding creating and developing child protection systems on preventive, service, and legislative levels, according to the NCFA director.اضافة اعلان

NCFA Director Hakam Al-Matalqa said that this study aims to shed light on societal practices and attitudes towards violence against children and provide relevant data, which helps build an integrated picture of the realities of these children in Jordan.

Matalqa added that this study can be used as a reference for individuals and institutions to unify visions and efforts towards work priorities to develop and strengthen the child protection system on all levels.

He told Jordan News that the study sample included 3,281 male and female students from public, private, and UNRWA schools aged between 8-17 years.

The study revealed that 74.6 percent of sampled children experienced at least one form of physical violence in their lives and that 73.9 percent of family caregivers have practiced physical violence as a disciplinary method for children under the age of 18 at least once in their lives.

The study also revealed that 58.3 percent of children in the sample have experienced at least one form of psychological violence in their lives, and that 65.2 percent of family caregivers have practiced psychological violence as a disciplinary method for children under the age of 18 at least once in their lives.

27.3 percent of children in the sample have experienced at least one form of sexual violence in their lives, and 10 percent of family caregivers reported that their children were subjected to sexual contact by an adult.

The study reported that 13.2 percent of children in the sample had experienced at least one form of cyber violence in their lives. Only 34 percent of children are aware of the meaning or existence of cyber violence.

The study also revealed that police stations were the most commonly sought out places children resort to when exposed to violence, coming in at 61.5 percent, followed by the Family Protection Department with 27.2 percent, and finally by the Cybercrime Unit with 10.1 percent.

This study revealed that children in Jordan face the risk of violence even in places that are supposed to be safe spaces for them, including their homes and schools.



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