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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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APOSTOLICO, Maíra Rosa et al. Characteristics of violence against children in a Brazilian Capital. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.2, pp.266-273. ISSN 1518-8345.

The purpose of this exploratory, descriptive and retrospective study with a quantitative approach was to characterize violence against children in Curitiba. Reports of 2004 through 2008 about compulsory denouncements of violence cases were analyzed. The results showed an increase in violence, with home violence as the most frequent type and five to nine-year-olds as the most affected group, and negligence and physical violence as the most denounced forms of violence. Almost 81% of the sexual violence is performed against girls and the father is the main aggressor, showing inequality in gender relations and between generations. The importance of notification as a visibility instrument is highlighted. Other confrontation measures are necessary though, such as the promotion of equitable relationships of gender and generation, and cross-sectional policies that involve the social segments in a praxis that transforms reality.

Keywords : Child Abuse; Public Policies; Violence.

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