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:

Recognize the signs of abuse
Report any suspected abuse or neglect
Prevent abuse and neglect

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.

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