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UN REPORT WARNS OF INCREASED RISK OF VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN AT HOME AMID COVID-19

A new joint report by three United Nations agencies has warned of increased risk of violence in the home against children and adolescents in the Caribbean and Latin America amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children have also issued recommendations to address the problem.  

The report warns that estimates point to a prevalence of 55 per cent of physical aggression and 48 per cent of psychological aggression in child-rearing in the Caribbean and Latin America.  

It adds that, in the context of containing the pandemic, protection factors have eroded, while the risk of violence has intensified.  

The report says there is a lower capacity to detect episodes of violence due to physical isolation and the suspension of in-person activities at educational institutions and early childhood development centers.

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