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Child abuse

During 2014, 3,800 cases were reported regarding the assault of children aged between 0 and 6, and 9,870 cases involved assaults against children between the ages of 7 and 14. It is difficult to ascertain the real extent of child abuse, since the violence is often not reported to the police when it is committed against small children.

Reported offences

Number of reported assaults against children 2005–2014 Source: Reported offences

In total, 19,100 child abuse offences were reported in 2014. This amounts to 23 per cent of all reported cases of assault. Out of these, 7,460 (39 %) were against girls and 11,600 (61 %) against boys. All in all, there was an 8 per cent increase in the number of reported assualts of children between 2013 and 2014.

Assualt against children aged between 7 and 14 is often reported by schools, which shows in the statistics, as fewer offences are reported during the summer than in the school terms.

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