TEHRAN - The Organization for Defending Victims of Violence (ODVV) held a meeting at the organization’s building in Tehran on Sunday.
The meeting was held two days ahead of Universal Children’s Day.
The meeting was held with the aim of enhancing the knowledge of physicians and pediatricians about violence against children.
The meeting began with the welcoming speech of Dr. Siavash Rahpeik, the director of the ODVV, which was followed by the speeches of Mehrdad Kazemzadeh, the director of the secretariat of the excellent center for psychiatric and clinical psychology, and Dr. Behrouz Jalili, a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry.
Dr. Jalili said that according to statistics released before 2010, the victims of violence against children were divided into three groups: One third under 1 year old, one third between 1 to 6 years old, and one third above 6 years old.
According to the statistics, 90% of the violence against children were committed by related caretakers, he added.
In an interview with the Tehran Times on the sidelines of the meeting, Dr. Rahpeik said that Universal Children’s Day is commemorated to raise awareness about violence against children, so the organization decided to hold a workshop on the issue.
He added that the ODVV is a non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
The ODVV was established in 1988 in Tehran and has been active in the field of human rights and humanitarian activities. The ODVV is also associated to the United Nations Department of Public Information.
The ODVV is a member of the International Organization against Small and Light Weapons, and the UN Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations, and the International Movement for a Just World.
During the past few years, the ODVV has done so many activities, mainly informative in regard to human rights and supportive in regard to the victims of violence.
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