Child Abuse and Neglect Resources


Fact Sheet:

CDC Reports:

Other 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 policymakers 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:

  • National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS)external icon
    NCANDS is a federally sponsored effort that annually collects and analyzes data on child abuse and neglect known to child protective services (CPS) agencies in the United States. Case-level data include information about the characteristics of the reports of abuse and neglect, the children involved, the types of maltreatment, the CPS findings, the risk factors of the child and the caregivers, the services provided, and the perpetrators. Findings are summarized each year in an annual report.
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)external icon
    NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. This information can provide context for risk and protective factors for child abuse and neglect.
  • National Survey of Children’s Healthexternal icon
    The survey, funded by the Health Resources Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau, provides national and state-level estimates of key measures of child health and well-being. This information can provide context for risk and protective factors for child abuse and neglect.
  • National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV)external icon
    NatSCEV, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and CDC, is a nationwide study to document the incidence and prevalence of children’s exposure to violence in the United States. NatSCEV is a comprehensive assessment of exposure to violence that incorporates a wide range of victimization experiences and that includes children across a wide developmental spectrum. A variety of potential predictors and outcomes of children’s exposure to violence are measured.

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
    This interactive web resource, developed by CDC’s Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, supports parents and caregivers understand important child development milestones.
  • Essentials for Childhood
    This 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
    This CDC web resource provides strategies parents can use to help build a safe, stable, and nurturing relationship with their child. It includes information on common parenting challenges and solutions.
  • Preventing Abusive Head Trauma in Children
    CDC’s web page that 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
    The Parent’s Portal has 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
    This free, online training helps users implement prevention strategies that address shared risk and protective factors across multiple forms of violence.
  • EvaluACTION
    This tool is designed for people interested in learning about program evaluation and how to apply it to their work.
  • Making the Case: Engaging Businesses
    This free, online resource 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
    This free, online training describes how users can apply key concepts of primary prevention, the public health approach, and the social-ecological model for violence prevention work.
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 6, 2022