Violence against children in South Africa: the cost of inaction to society and the economy

January 16, 2018
Authors: Celia Hsiao, Deborah Fry, Catherine L Ward, Gary Ganz, Tabitha Casey, Xiaodong Zheng, Xiangming Fang
Organization: BMJ Global Health

Violence against children is known to have adverse health outcomes and to be a risk factor for unhealthy behavior and subsequent violence toward others. This research takes the statistics on violence against children in South Africa and models the cost of inaction. The costing exercise gives some really useful economic arguments about all forms of violence against children and more importantly some concrete suggestions for how this should be addressed. It’s referring specifically to South Africa but the key issues should be of interest to those engaging on child protection and other related issues more broadly.