Understanding Children’s Experiences of Violence in Ethiopia: Evidence from Young Lives

This report explores how individual, family, community, institutional and society level violence affect children’s experiences

Abstract

This research report explores children’s accounts of everyday violence in Ethiopia, and the ways in which factors at individual, family, community, institutional and society levels affect children’s experiences of violence. The report primarily draws on analysis of 4 rounds of longitudinal qualitative data gathered over seven years, complemented with analysis of cross-sectional survey data from Young Lives. Findings show that violence affecting children – mostly physical punishment and emotional abuse – is widespread, accepted, and normalized. Differing economic activities affect family dynamics and the likelihood of children experiencing violence, which is often linked to the challenges of poverty and the expectation that children will contribute to the household economy.

Young Lives is an international study of childhood poverty, following the lives of 12,000 children in 4 countries (Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam) over 15 years. Young Lives is funded by the UK Department for International Development

Citation

Pankhurst, Alula, Nathan Negussie and Emebet Mulugeta (2016), ‘Understanding Children’s Experiences of Violence in Ethiopia: Evidence from Young Lives’, UNICEF Innocenti Working Papers, IWP_2016_25

Understanding Children’s Experiences of Violence in Ethiopia: Evidence from Young Lives

Published 1 November 2016