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At the World Health Assembly in May, we made the case for why governments and United Nations agencies need to spend more on measures to prevent noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), injury and violence against children.What these and countless other trauma stories show is that the impact of violence lasts long after the abuse itself. Victims often experience lifelong social, emotional and cognitive consequences. As part of the Sustainable Development Agenda in 2015, world leaders committed to ending all forms of violence, abuse and neglect against children by 2030 .In 2017, for example, India's National Health Policy identified gender violence as one of the country's seven major public-health concerns.More governments and public-health agencies are recognizing the link between violence and mental health, and are taking positive steps to provide psychosocial support for victims.The same level of commitment and action is needed to address the scourge of violence against children.To keep the momentum from the WHA's 72nd session this year, we must appreciate the personal stories and shocking statistics about the ongoing scourge of violence against children.
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