NATALIE WHITING | Australian Broadcasting Corporation | Extracts
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PORT MORESBY - More than four million children in the Pacific region experience violent discipline at home, according to a report from organisations working on the ground.
"Millions of children experience exceptionally high levels of physical, emotional and sexual violence, as well as neglect," the report said.
But the organisations said despite "clear evidence of the scale and gravity of violence," the Australian government and other key donors have "failed to enact the measures needed to end the scourge".
The report, called ‘Unseen, Unsafe’, claims only $1.1 million, or 0.1% of Australian overseas development assistance in 2017, was directly spent on programs solely targeting violence against children.
"The levels of violence against children across the region are shocking, having a deeply detrimental impact on society. Successive donors and governments have so far failed to address it," the report says.
But the Australian government has defended its spending in the area, saying it has programs which directly and indirectly respond to the problem.