TitleChild abuse and neglect services in the occupied Palestinian territory
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsHalileh, S, Abdullah, A
JournalEast Mediterr Health J
Date PublishedNov-Dec
ISBN Number1020-3397 (Print)<br/>1020-3397 (Linking)
Accession Number20218144
Keywords*Child Abuse/statistics & numerical data/therapy, Child, Child Health Services/*organization & administration, Health Planning Guidelines, Health Planning/organization & administration, Health Services Research, Humans, Mandatory Reporting, Middle East/epidemiology, Needs Assessment/organization & administration, Poverty, Questionnaires, Severity of Illness Index

This study in 2005 aimed to investigate the services available for abused and neglected children in the occupied Palestinian territory. Telephone interviews were conducted with 62 institutions from the government, non-profit and private sectors that dealt with child abuse and neglect, of which 58 provided services. Services offered were mainly in psychosocial health. Usually abused children were brought to service providers by family members and teachers. Common types of abuse seen at these institutions were physical, psychological and sexual abuse. Interviewees reported most cases of abuse occurred in the home and at school. Challenges were related mainly to sociocultural issues, training, funding and the military occupation.