Children’s Right to be Free from Violence
Violence is any form of physical or emotional cruelty, sexual violence, neglect or other behaviour that threatens or could threaten the health, life, development or self-esteem of a child. Emotional violence includes threats, verbal abuse or humiliation of the child, as well as violent treatment of a child’s loved one in their presence. Violence also includes negligence, or failure to fulfil the duties of care and supervision of the child, or negligent performance of the duties of care and supervision of the child; similarly, long-term or systematic negligence against a child that harms or may harm the child’s development, or causes physical or psycho-emotional suffering to the child.
Example: Parents regularly curse at their six-year-old child and leave the child at home on weekends, while they go to their friends and drink alcohol.