A critical review of available data on sexual abuse of children in Denmark

Karin Helweg-Larsen, Helmer Bøving Larsen

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Resumé

Udgivelsesdato: 2005-Jun
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftChild Abuse & Neglect
Vol/bind29
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)715-24
Antal sider9
ISSN0145-2134
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1. jun. 2005
Udgivet eksterntJa

Fingeraftryk

Sexual Child Abuse
Denmark
Police
Incidence
Information Storage and Retrieval
Research Design
Parents

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Helweg-Larsen, Karin ; Larsen, Helmer Bøving. / A critical review of available data on sexual abuse of children in Denmark. I: Child Abuse & Neglect. 2005 ; Bind 29, Nr. 6. s. 715-24.
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A critical review of available data on sexual abuse of children in Denmark. / Helweg-Larsen, Karin; Larsen, Helmer Bøving.

I: Child Abuse & Neglect, Bind 29, Nr. 6, 01.06.2005, s. 715-24.

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