Violence and Stigmatization against children with disabilities are critical public health issues. Children with disabilities are a vulnerable population as they are exposed to various forms of discrimination and violence globally. The forms of abuse include, but are not limited to, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. The experiences of Children with disabilities are massively undocumented and there is also a lack of existing literature addressing the issue. The abuse and violence against children with disabilities are also underreported specifically in cultures where this abuse is socially accepted. There are gaps in the literature regarding the condition of children with disabilities and the attitude towards disability, especially in lower-income communities. Given the invisibility of children with disabilities in most developing countries, especially Africa, it is reasonable to speculate that both killing and abuse of this population is more widespread than reported. The purpose of this study is to explore the various forms of stigmatization and violence against children with disabilities. The secondary purpose is to examine the effects, a child with disabilities might have on caregivers, especially parents. A literature review examining the prevalence and risk of violence against children with disabilities was conducted utilizing various online databases. Peer-reviewed research articles published in the English Language from 2010-2021 that focused on stigmatization and violence against children with disabilities were included for synthesis. Results suggest that children with disabilities are at a higher risk for stigmatization and violence than their non-disabled counterparts.

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Houston, Amanda


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)


College of Nursing





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