Child Abuse and Neglect Resources


Fact Sheet:

CDC Reports:

CDC Data Sources:

  • Child Health Statistics
    CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics provides information on the health status of children in the United States.
  • National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)
    NVDRS links information about the “who, when, where, and how” from data on violent deaths and provides insights about “why” they occurred. This enables policy makers and community leaders to make informed decisions about violence prevention programs, including those that address child abuse and neglect.
  • Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)
    WISQARS is an interactive online database that provides national fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data.

Other Federal Data Sources:

Non-Federal Data Sources:

CDC Resources:

  • Child Development
    CDC’s Web page on child development includes information on developmental milestones, screening, and positive parenting.
  • Developmental Milestones
    Interactive web resource developed by CDC’s Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities to support parents and caregivers understand important child development milestones.
  • Essentials for Childhood
    Framework proposes strategies that communities can consider to promote the types of relationships and environments that help children grow to be healthy and productive citizens so that they, in turn, can build stronger and safer families and communities for their children.
  • Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers
    CDC’s Web resource on strategies parents can use to help build a safe, stable, and nurturing relationship with their child. Includes information on common parenting challenges and solutions. Also available Spanish.
  • Preventing Abusive Head Trauma in Children
    CDC’s Web page includes information on how to prevent abusive head trauma, a Guide for State Health Departments, and a Guide for Journalists, as well as links to additional information, expert commentary, and video resources.
  • Parent’s Portal
    A wealth of information from across all of CDC, covering everything from safety at home and the community to immunization schedules and developmental milestones.

CDC Trainings and Tools:

  • Connecting the Dots
    A free, online training that helps users implement prevention strategies that address shared risk and protective factors across multiple forms of violence.
  • EvaluACTION
    A tool designed for people interested in learning about program evaluation and how to apply it to their work.
  • Making the Case: Engaging Businesses
    A free online resource that explains how users and their communities can work with the business sector to assure safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families.
  • Principles of Prevention
    Online training on how to apply key concepts of primary prevention, the public health approach, and the social-ecological model for violence prevention work.
  • Understanding Evidence
    Interactive Web resource developed by CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention to support public health practitioners in making evidence-informed decisions around violence prevention.
For more free, online trainings, tools, and resources, see CDC’s VetoViolence website


Other Federal Resources:

Additional Online Resources:

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
CDC’s web page that provides information about Adverse Childhood Experiences. See the Adverse Childhood Experiences Resources, Journal Articles, and Presentation Graphics web pages for all resources related to Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Essentials for Childhood
CDC’s web page that provides information about the Essentials for Childhood Framework. See the Essentials for Childhood web page for all resources related to the Essentials for Childhood Framework.

CDC Reports:

Other Resources:

Downloadable Public Service Announcements (PSAs):

Violence Against Children Surveys
CDC’s web page that provides information about the Violence Against Children Surveys. See the Violence Against Children Surveys Publications and Resources web pages for all resources related to the Violence Against Children Surveys.

Page last reviewed: April 7, 2020