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Child Abuse Statistics and Facts

Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children; a report can include multiple children.


A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds.

Yearly referrals to state child protective services involve approximately 6.3 million children and approximately 3 million of those children are subject to an investigative report.*

For one year of new child abuse cases, lifetime estimates of lost worker productivity, health care costs, child welfare expenditures and criminal justice expenditures added up to 124 billion.*

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The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average between 4 to 7 children every day to child abuse and neglect.*


The long term financial impact of abuse and neglect is staggering.

Children who experience child abuse and neglect are about 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity.*

Child Abuse Fatality Facts

We must learn to recognize early signs of abuse in order to help prevent 5 children from dying every day from child abuse and neglect.

  • On average more than 70% of the children who die as a result of child abuse or neglect are two years of age or younger. More than 80% were not yet old enough for Kindergarten.
  • Around 80% of child maltreatment fatalities involve at least one parent as perpetrator.*
  • 92% of all reports cite that the perpetrator was known to the family.

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*Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention.