Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

Children under the age of 18 may be exposed to abuse and neglect by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher). There are four common types of child abuse and neglect.

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Neglect

CDC’s research and programs work to understand the problem of child abuse and neglect and prevent them before they begin.

Data & Statistics
  • There were 676,000 victims of child abuse and neglect reported to child protective services (CPS) in 2016.
  • A non-CPS study estimated that 1 in 4 children experience some form of child abuse or neglect in their lifetimes and 1 in 7 children have experienced abuse or neglect in the last year.
  • About 1,750 children died from abuse or neglect in 2016.
  • The total lifetime economic cost of child abuse and neglect is estimated at $124 billion each year.

Page last reviewed: April 10, 2018