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Child Abuse Facts

  • The factors that determine the severity of negative outcomes: age and development stage, type of maltreatment, relationship to the perpetrator, and the frequency, duration, and severity of maltreatment – U.S. Children’s Bureau
  • Multitype maltreatment: A large portion of victims are subjected to multiple types of abuse, and they are more likely to suffer adverse outcomes than those who have only suffered one type of abuse or (no abuse) – Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Younger children are most abused. Nearly half are under the age of one. – American SPCC

types of Abuse

Physical Abuse

Sexual Abuse


Domestic Violence

Emotional Abuse


How Abuse Affects kids

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Consequences

Adverse childhood experiences create lifelong emotional, social, and health consequences. ACEs increase the likelihood of teen pregnancy, risky sexual behavior, criminal activity, and the likelihood of later abusing their children. Fair Start Orders are an important step in preventing children from being subjected to ACEs. Source: American SPCC


Maltreatment causes harmful and lasting consequences that can manifest as:


  • Impaired brain development
  • Poor health including obesity and diabetes
  • Physical injuries
  • Fatality due to homicide and neglect

    • Mental health consequences
    • Cognitive difficulties
    • Emotional attachment and relationships
    • Academic achievement

  • Aggression, violence, and criminality
  • Substance abuse
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Youth suicide

Social, emotional and behavioral consequences including: 

    • Eating disorders and obesity
    • Aggression, violence, and criminality
    • Risky sexual behavior
    • Substance abuse
    • Mental health problems
  • Physical health problems
  • Homelessness
  • Transmission of abuse onto their own children
  • Re-victimization
  • Suicidal behavior
Societal Consequences:

In addition to direct costs of treatment and foster care of children who are victims of abuse and neglect, there are numerous indirect and long-term costs on society. These include costs associated with crime, health care, mental health treatment, social safety nets, unemployment, substance abuse, and domestic violence.

All of these problems are preventable.
Let’s invest in our communities by helping parents wait until they are ready and able to provide kids a fair start at life.

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