Key Facts and Statistics About Child Abuse
In 2014, 20 children in Colorado died from abuse and neglect. Nationwide, 4 to 8 children die every day in the US from abuse and neglect. This has to stop.
Additional child abuse facts and statistics:
- 9,979 Colorado children experienced abuse and neglect in 2014.
- Children who die from abuse and neglect are overwhelmingly young; approximately one-half are less than a year old, and 75 percent are under 3 years of age.
- A call to a child protection hotline is the best predictor of a child’s potential risk of injury death before age 5. We all must report suspected abuse and neglect.
- A number of children who die were not known to child protective services but were seen by other professionals (e.g., health care), highlighting the importance of coordinated and multisystem efforts.
- We know a lot about what puts children at risk. Learn more about the signs of abuse.
- 14% of all men in prison in the USA were abused as children.
- 36% of all women in prison were abused as children.
- About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
How you can help:
Source for facts and statistics above: Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. (2016). Within our reach: A national strategy to eliminate child abuse and neglect fatalities. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.
Learn more at www.cwla.org.