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Children are victims of physical and other types of violence


We are witnessing violence on children on a daily basis, seeing parents tapping them, pulling their hair, even kicking them in public, in schools and kindergartens, said Minister of Labor and Social Policy Mila Carovska on Thursday.

“This is not extreme violence but one that has consequences, and we need to work on this. We should all raise the public awareness that parenthood does not involve violence, that parenthood is not a pedagogical measure, that violence is harmful for the child, that violence damages the society and creates a violent culture. We need to prevent this,” Carovska told today’s presentation of a study on institutional mechanisms for protection of children from violence.

Minister of Interior Oliver Spasovski stressed the MoI is one of the institutions that directly copes with the consequences of this severe form of crime.

He said there were 903 cases of domestic violence in 2017, including 976 victims, of whom almost two-thirds were women, along with almost 100 children victims.

According to him, the problem of children victims reflects many social, economic, educations, cultural, family and other aspects, for which the study offers a clear perception.

Minister of Education and Science Renata Deskoska said the education system is an important part in the process of recognizing and reporting cases of violence, abuse and negligence of children.

“The ministry and UNICEF have been working on a practical handbook for prevention and intervention to violence in schools, and it is currently in the final stage of preparation. I believe this handbook will facilitate the role of schools in the recognition and reporting cases of violence, abuse and negligence of children,” said Deskoska.

According to her, physical violence is most visible, but other forms such as emotional violence, bullying, sexual harassment and others are also present.

“The scars you cannot see are the most difficult to heal during a lifetime, and it is better to build a healthy child than repair an adult,” added Deskoska.

She stressed the need for parents to follow and learn about the development of modern technologies in the communications process, thus preventing the use of so-called cyber violence.

Health Minister Venko Filipce said health workers are the first to face domestic violence victims.

“Very often they do not possess the capacity to recognize them or have the proper support from professionals. This is something we are currently working on, support from psychologists to teams in the emergency rooms, but also in clinics and hospitals, in the recognition of domestic violence victims,” said Filipce.

EU Delegation Head of Cooperation Nicola Bertolini said statistical data shows that the situation is very serious and there is a need for institutional coordination.

“This report provides practical recommendations for strengthening the child protection system, but also sends an important message to the education system and the law enforcement sector,” stressed Bertolini.

The report recommends the necessity of specific systems for case management in all institutions, focusing on the individual aspects of each case and the specific needs of every child-violence victim.