NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE STATISTICS
- 4 million child maltreatment referral reports received.
- Child abuse reports involved 7.2 million children.
- 3.4 million children received prevention & post-response services.
- 207,000 children received foster care services.
- 75.3% of victims are neglected.
- 17.2% of victims are physically abused.
- 8.4% of victims are sexually abused.
- 6.9% of victims are psychologically maltreated.
- Highest rate of child abuse in children under one (24.2% per 1,000).
- Over one-quarter (27.%) of victims are younger than 3 years.
- Annual estimate: 1,670 to 1740 children died from abuse and neglect.
- Almost five children die every day from child abuse.
- 80% of child fatalities involve at least one parent.
- 74.8% of child fatalities are under the age of 3.
- 72.9% of the child abuse victims die from neglect.
- 43.9% of the child abuse victims die from physical abuse.
- 49.4% of children who die from child abuse are under one year.
- Almost 60,000 children are sexually abused.
- More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator.
- Estimated that between 50-60% of maltreatment fatalities are not recorded on death certificates.
- Child abuse crosses all socioeconomic and educational levels, religions, ethnic and cultural groups.
The statistics don’t stop at that:
~Children who have been abused are more likely to become involved in criminal activity
~Experience teen pregnancy
~Have higher chance of at least one psychological disorder
~Abuse their own children
and the cycle of abuse will continue
~Cost of child abuse, in the US is estimated at $585 BILLION
The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average almost five children every day to child abuse and neglect!
What can you do?
Be a nurturing parent: Children are special, let them know they are loved, special and capable
Help a friend: Offer to help out a friend or family member by taking the children for some time. Parents can regroup and deescalate.
Help yourself: Take time for yourself or a time out. Life can be overwhelming.
Volunteer at a child abuse prevention center: 1.800.CHILDREN
Report suspected abuse or neglect
The national hotline is available 24/7 at
(1-800) 4-A-Child or (1-800) 422-4453
Be the change