Continuing Medical Education

Physical and sexual violence against children

A B van As


Violence against children represents a sobering reality for South African health professionals. Dealing with violence against children can easily take a heavy toll on health professionals’ health, often resulting in compassion fatigue, or secondary traumatic stress, which is characterised by a blunted response to patients’ suffering, in turn causing them secondary traumatisation. This article prepares health professionals in choosing the most appropriate and comfortable management for these unfortunate young victims of violence.

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A B van As, Trauma Unit, Division of Paediatric Surgery, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Physical violence; Sexual violence; Children

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South African Medical Journal 2016;106(11):1075-1078. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i11.12069

Article History

Date submitted: 2016-11-02
Date published: 2016-11-02

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