It’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and in honor of this observance, we’re highlighting some of the important data and information on kidsdata.org related to this topic.
• Child Welfare in California: A Summary of Recent Data
• Child Abuse and Neglect Research and Links
• Child Abuse and Neglect Policy Implications
• In 2009, neglect – not physical, emotional, or sexual abuse – accounted for the majority of substantiated child abuse/neglect cases in California.
• More than 3 times out of 4 in California, neglect was the reason that children were removed from their homes and put into the foster care system in 2007-2009.
According to the 2008 Child Welfare Information Gateway report on long term consequences of child abuse and neglect, children who are abused or neglected, including those who witness domestic violence, often exhibit emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems, such as anxiety, depression, suicidal behavior, difficulty in school, use of alcohol and other drugs, and early sexual activity. Abuse, particularly experienced when children are young, causes stress that can disrupt early brain and physical development, placing mistreated young children at higher risk for health problems as adults. Children who are abused or neglected also are more likely to repeat the cycle of violence by entering into violent relationships as teens and adults or abusing their own children. An estimated 763,000 U.S. children were victims of maltreatment in 2009, and approximately 1,770 children died from abuse or neglect in 2008.