1 Aug 2019

Report finds 'shocking' levels of child violence in Pacific

From , 3:04 pm on 1 August 2019

A report has detailed shocking levels of physical violence and neglect towards millions of children in the Pacific.

Aid agencies involved are calling for better-targeted aid programs from countries like New Zealand and Australia in response.

The report found as many as four million children experience violence at home across the Pacific - a staggering 2.8 million in Papua New Guinea alone.

And more than half all sexual violence in PNG referred to medical clinics involves children, with almost one in three parents reporting they beat children "as hard as they can".

Carsten Bockemuehl, World Vision's advocacy campaigns lead for the Pacific, told Mackenzie Smith the figures were shocking and demand action. 

Child abuse

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