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Reporting Violence Against Children: Social Norms in Nyarugusu Refugees Camp


  • Erin K Fletcher

    (Independent, United States)

  • Seth R Gitter

    (Towson University, United States)

  • Savannah Wilhelm

    (Towson University, United States)


There is substantial evidence to show that the two million children living in refugee camps are vulnerable to violence, although little is known about under what circumstances children will report that violence, complicating efforts to reduce vulnerabilities. We presented 300 children in a Tanzanian refugee camp (Nyarugusu) with hypothetical vignettes regarding a victim’s response to violence. Vignette characteristics were randomized (e.g. victim, perpetrator, and location) in order to test what factors influenced reporting. Respondents believe the victim was more likely to report violence at school or adolescent perpetrators. Surprisingly, we find no substantial difference based on victim or respondent’s gender.

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  • Erin K Fletcher & Seth R Gitter & Savannah Wilhelm, 2018. "Reporting Violence Against Children: Social Norms in Nyarugusu Refugees Camp," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 15(3), pages 377-388, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:15:y:2018:i:3:p:377-388

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