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Analysis of Assumed Violence Exposed Pediatric Cases

Author(s): Vefik Arıca | Murat Tutanç | Seçil Arıca | Mustafa Arı | Ebru Turhan | Cem Zeren | Mustafa Arslan

Journal: Journal of Clinical and Analytical Medicine
ISSN 1309-0720

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 316;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Child | Violence | Victim

Aim: Violence against children is among one of the major problems encountered in family health practice. In this study, we aimed to analyze the demographic features of children who what exposed to violence and the types of violence exposed. Material and Method: Records of children who have administered to Hatay Child Police Department among 2005-2008 withcomplaint of violence exposure have been retrospectively analyzed. Results: Pediatric cases were analyzed according to their age, gender and the type of violence that they have benne exposed. The number of children that present with violence exposure was 156 while it raised to 597 with an increase of approximately 382%. 1577 cases presented during study period and 732 cases were male and 845 of them were female. We detected that male children between 0-12 years old age were more prone to violence exerted by family members as physical violence and wounding. Female children were exposed to more sexual violence and suicide while male children were  exposed to physical violence.Discussion: We detected in this study that violence exerted to children show differences according to age and gender. It has been suggested that the number of children exposed to violence is much more higher than the reported number if we include economic and emotional abuse. Violence against children is an important issue that should be carefully addressed.
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