We Must Stop Hitting Children! Part 9 Countries Who Have Outlawed Hitting Children – By Kerby T. Alvy, Ph.D.

Part 9 Countries Who Have Outlawed Hitting Children
By Kerby T. Alvy, Ph.D.


Increasingly, countries around the world are prohibiting physical punishment of children. As of January 2015, 46 countries have passed laws to ban physical punishment.

The laws that these countries have passed to outlaw the use of physical punishment with children are NOT aimed at prosecuting parents, but at setting a clear standard of care giving. Their primary purpose is to protect children by sending an unambiguous message that hitting them is wrong and not allowed.

In these countries, violations of the no hitting children laws are taken as a sign that the parents need help in learning how to relate to their children in positive, non-violent ways.

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Sweden (1979),

Finland (1983),

Norway (1987),

Austria (1989),

Croatia(1994),

Cyprus (1994), 

Denmark (1997),

Latvia (1998),

Bulgaria (2000),

Germany (2000),

Israel (2000),

Iceland (2003),

Romania (2004),

Ukraine (2004),

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Hungary (2005), 

Greece (2006),

Chile (2007),

the Netherlands,
(2007),

New Zealand (2007), 

Portugal (2007),

Uruguay (2007), 

Spain (2007), 

Venezuela (2007), 

Costa Rica (2008),
Liechtenstein (2008),
Luxembourg (2008),
Moldova (2008),
Kenya (2010),
Albania (2010),
Congo, Republic of (2010),

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Poland (2010),
Tunisia (2010),
South Sudan (2011),
Honduras (2013),
Macedonia (2013),
Andorra (2014),
Argentina (2014),
Malta (2014),
Estonia (2014),
Bolivia (2014),
Brazil (2014),
Cape Verde (2014),
Nicaragua (2014),
San Marino (2014),
South Korea (2015),
Benin (2015).

We encourage your comments and opinions below.

HELPFUL RESOURCES

The NEW Confident Parenting is a book that discusses many of the issues surrounding the use of physical punishment and offers an entire program for raising children without ever having to use physical punishment.

The Effective Black Parenting and Los Ninos Bien Educados parenting programs provide similar guidance from cultural perspectives on hitting children.

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