"April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The Division of Violence Prevention at CDC works to better understand the problem of child abuse and neglect and to prevent it before it begins.
Essentials for Childhood: Assuring safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children is CDC's framework for preventing child abuse and neglect.
Facts about Child Abuse and Neglect
Child abuse and neglect are significant public health problems in the United States.
- More than 1,670 children died in the United States in 2015 from abuse and neglect.
- According to child protective service agencies, about 683,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect in 2015.
- One in 4 children have experienced abuse or neglect at some point in their lives, and 1 in 7 children experienced abuse in the last year, according to self-reports from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV).
- The financial costs for victims and society are substantial. A CDC study showed the total lifetime cost associated with just 1 year of confirmed cases of child abuse or neglect is $124 billion...."