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Every day, children and young people experience physical, sexual and emotional violence, often in situations that should be providing safety. A new report states that the economic impact of violence against children and young people in NSW costs an astonishing $11.2 billion dollars a year.

Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to study people ages 0-24. The report, The Economic Cost of Violence Against Children and Young People, found that there were 154,302 estimated cases of violence against this vulnerable population in 2016-2017.

In addition to the tremendous emotional and physical repercussions to the impacted individuals, the study found that violence against children and young people comes at a staggering economic cost to NSW.

$2.3 billion of that financial impact is borne by NSW health, education child protection, housing and justice systems directly. $8.2 billion is borne by individuals and the broader community and $600 million by the Federal Government.

When the ACYP spoke with children and young people during face-to-face interviews, one of their key recommendations was for adults to say out loud that violence against children and young people is wrong.

To honour this request, you can join others in taking a pledge to say out loud that violence against young people and children is wrong by clicking here. Together we can end violence against children and young people, now and forever.