General Comment No. 7

Indicator Set 8: Violence against Young Children

Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of children are subjected to violence all over the world. Often, those who commit these acts of violence go unpunished. Children can be subjected to violence by adults and also by other children. Peer violence among children takes various forms, including:

  • Bullying
  • Physical attacks
  • Name-calling
  • Social exclusion

Such violence is prevalent in many countries. It continues partly because children are often reluctant to speak out for fear of punishment. Also, children