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05 Sep 2019
70 per cent of children aged between 8 and 18 in Albania affected by some form of violence based on a report by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in 2018. 46 per cent of these cases are not reported due to indifference and even 36...
25 Jun 2019
In Hungary, there is a law banning corporal punishment since 2005, but 2/3rd of parents think it is okay to hit their child. Surprisingly, 50% of children think it's okay to be hit by their parents.  It is well known that violence in childhood...
08 Feb 2019
PIG is an independent project of the Bulgarian director Drago Sholev and will be part of the main competition program of the upcoming Sofia Film Fest. The film tells the story of the thirteen-year-old Stoyan, played by Rumen Kochev, whom everyone...
30 Nov 2018
BBC reports that French Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a bill that would ban parents from smacking their children. The bill on "corporal punishment or humiliation" seeks to ensure that parental authority is exercised without...
28 Nov 2018
Deputies voted unanimously to adopt amendments to the Penal Code that criminalize all forms of domestic violence in Bulgaria. Despite the rejection of the Istanbul Convention, the government has focused on more than a dozen rules to combat domestic...
26 Jun 2018
According to Cesvi’s research almost 6 million people in Italy have been or were victims of maltreatment during their childhood. This is one of the data that emerges from the Regional Index on Child Maltreatment in Italy, presented on 5 June as...
27 Mar 2018
The National Network for Children announced that at the international conference "A Safe Future for Women - A Safe Future for All", the justice ministry has suggested that there should be punishments for mental abuse. "A new approach to offenses of...
13 Mar 2018
Written by Jacqueline Howard, CNN This piece talks about the debate on child spanking whether as corporal punishment or a form of discipline. “Sixty countries, states and territories have adopted legislation that fully prohibits using corporal...
01 Nov 2017
  UNICEF has just published a report on the issue of violence against children. Some of the key facts of the report ”A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents”: Three quarters of children aged 2 to 4 worldwide – close to...
27 Sep 2017
Researchers from the University of Texas and University of Michigan over five decades of research involving more than 160,000 children have found that children who are spanked or smacked are more likely to exhibit aggression and mental health ...

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