Prevalence and risk of violence against children with disabilities: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies

Lisa Jones, Mark A Bellis, Sara Wood, Karen Hughes, Ellie McCoy, Lindsay Eckley, Geoff Bates, Christopher Mikton, Tom Shakespeare, Alana Officer

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Globally, at least 93 million children have moderate or severe disability. Children with disabilities are thought to have a substantially greater risk of being victims of violence than are their non-disabled peers. Establishment of reliable estimates of the scale of the problem is an essential first step in the development of effective prevention programmes. We therefore undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis to synthesise evidence for the prevalence and risk of violence against children with disabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)899-907
Number of pages9
Issue number9845
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2012


  • Disabled Children
  • Child Abuse, Sexual
  • Humans
  • Child
  • Child Abuse
  • Adolescent
  • Violence
  • Prevalence

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