Child abuse is a community problem that no single agency, individual, or discipline has the necessary knowledge, skills or resources to holistically provide the needed assistance to these victims and their families.
- Child abuse is flagrantly common. Statistics show nearly 700,000children are abused in the United States annually.
- Approximately 3.4 million children received an investigation or alternative response from child protective services.
- The youngest children were most vulnerable to maltreatment. Children in the first year of their life had the highest rate of victimization of 24.2 per 1,000 children in the national population of the same age.
- Neglect is the most common form of maltreatment at 75% of reported cases. 17.2% of reported cases involve physical abuse and 8.4% involve sexual abuse. Some children have been poly-victimized, in that they have suffered more than one form of maltreatment. (*Source: http://www.national-statistics-child-abuse)