Violence against children: A challenge for public health in Pakistan

Adnan Ali Hyder, Fauzia Aman Malik

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World Health Organization has identified violence against children as a growing public-health issue with a global magnitude. This paper explored violence against children as a challenge in the developing world using Pakistan as a case study. A systematic review of existing research and literature on violence against children was followed by assessing the magnitude of this challenge and its impact on policy. Most research done in Pakistan is observational, descriptive, and anecdotal with data collected through survey methods and interviews with small sample sizes. The findings suggest that the confluence of macro risk factors, such as poverty, poor legal protections, illiteracy, large family size, and unemployment, create an enabling environment for violence against children. Lack of empirical data makes it difficult to assess the magnitude of this issue. The health problems reported and the extent of human potential destroyed are unknown. Conclusion calls for focused research to examine the prevalence, potential interventions, and policies in Pakistian.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-178
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health, Population and Nutrition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Child abuse
  • Human development
  • Pakistan
  • Public health
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Food Science
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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