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
CDC’s research and programs work to understand the problem of child abuse and neglect and prevent them before they begin.
- 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.
- Better Start: Child Maltreatment Prevention as a Public Health Priority Cdc-pdf[PDF 703 KB]
- Child Maltreatment 2016 [5.06MB, Pages, Print Only]External
- Child Welfare Information GatewayExternal
- National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILDExternal
- World Report on Violence and Health Ch.3 Child Abuse and Neglect by Parents and Other Caregivers Cdc-pdf[[176 KB, Pages, Print Only]]External
- Global Status Report on Violence Prevention 2014External