Recognizing the diverse and complex nature of violence in childhood

Celia Bahr, Laura Taylor

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Research on the prevention and intervention against violence in children is urgently needed. In contrast to a narrow approach, typically focused on physical violence against children, the authors offer a novel and urgently needed framework that captures the episodic, structural and cultural nature of both violence and peace. Ranging from intersectional risks to global climate change, we comment on the utility of this approach, as well as possible extensions. We echo the call for recognizing children’s agency, shown in our own research on children’s peacebuilding in settings of protracted political conflict, and link the points raised to other global policy frameworks, such as United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth Peace and Security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-38
Number of pages3
JournalPeace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • children
  • peacebuilding
  • violence


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