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Child Abuse By the Numbers

2010 National Abuse Statistics

Nearly 5 children die every day in America from abuse and neglect.

Approximately 695,000 children were victims of maltreatment.

47 states reported approximately 3.4 million children received preventative services from Child Protective Services agencies.

Of the children who experienced maltreatment or abuse, more than 78% experienced neglect; more than 17% were physically abused; just under 10% were sexually abused; approximately 8% were psychologically maltreated; just over 2% were medically neglected; and approximately 10% experienced other types of maltreatment.

Nearly 80% of reported child fatalities as a result of abuse and neglect were caused by one or more of the child victim’s parents.

Source: The National Children’s Alliance, an organization providing services to more than 750 children’s advocacy centers across the United States, as well as numerous developing centers, multidisciplinary teams and child abuse professionals.


For more information on child abuse resources, contact these organizations:

National Parent Helpline
Provides support from a trained advocate and for parents to become empowered to do a better job. or 1-855-427-2736.

From Darkness to Light
Dedicated to education about the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse, including how to react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.

Hope Shining
An assistance organization serving people who have been touched by violence, such as child abuse or other domestic violence, to help victims and families rebuild their lives.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The government organization responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.

Prevent Child Abuse America
Their mission to prevent all forms of abuse and neglect, whether physical, sexual, educational, or emotional.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
An organization that strives to prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

American Humane Association
The only national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals.

The Child Abuse Prevention Network
An internet resource for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect. Child maltreatment, physical abuse, psychological maltreatment, neglect, sexual abuse

The National Children’s Advocacy Center
Models, promotes, and delivers child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership.

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
Works to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence by providing education and other sources of information to professionals who work in the child maltreatment and related fields.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Connects child welfare and related professionals to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.


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