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ERIC Number: EJ847490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0973-1342
Mental Health Aspects of Victims of Crime with Special Reference to Children
Sharma, Parul
Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, v1 n4 Oct 2005
Every woman, man, youth and child has the human right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, without discrimination of any kind. This is enshrined in the Indian Constitution and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Enjoyment of the human right to health is vital to all aspects of a person's life and well-being, and is crucial to the realization of many other fundamental human rights and freedoms. Furthermore, the social rights of victims of crime and their sensitive needs for mental health support is based on the Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, 1985 (Resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly, non-binding principles upon member nations). Remarkable developments have taken place both internationally and nationally when it comes to prioritising child rights, but the links between child abuse, child labour and the care for a child's mental health are still absent. The role of mental health of rescued and victimised children is also absent in Indian case law. In cases of legislations concerning children and their rights, the author contends that mental health considerations must become an inextricable component of law, and therapists must be included in the legal framework both as an appreciation of evidence and for the future benefit of the child as a long term remedy. The author also stresses that specialist services should be made directly accessible to child victims, and professionals made available to provide individual support for each child.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India