The impact of gender-based violence on sons and daughters: the role of schools according to the pupils
1Ninety-three percent of children have heard of gender-based violence, mainly at school, through the media, and on the internet. They clearly identify sexual and physical violence, but have doubts regarding forms of psychological, economic and vicarious violence. Nonetheless, girls show a greater degree of agreement in the identification of violence in all its forms and spheres.
2Most of the schoolchildren surveyed show willingness to get actively involved and stopping violence by defending the mother (85%) and asking for help (84%), although 59% state that they do not know where to go. Emotional blunting strategies are less common, and appear more frequently among those who have experienced violence at home.
3Children prefer to obtain information about gender-based violence from an expert on the subject at school (72%) or a teacher (62%). However, they would report a situation of violence to the police, members of their family or an emergency telephone service rather than to their teachers.
4They would also prefer to ask for help by mobile (80%) or face to face (74%), and less so through social media or by email, especially at primary school level. They also say that the person that helps them should be experienced and capable of solving the problem, and should listen to them and believe them.