Facts About Child Abuse

  • Child abuse costs the taxpayers of California $95 billion a year. The cost of prevention is a fraction of that amount
  • In Contra Costa County during 2006 there were 9,516 reports of suspected child abuse/neglect
  • National statistics show that one in four girls and one in eight boys will be maltreated before the age of 18
  • Child abuse /neglect affect children of all ages, races, and incomes
  • Children under the age of two are at the greatest risk of abuse
  •  Child abuse is the most common cause of brain injury in children under one year of age
  • Children with disabilities are three to seven times more likely to suffer from child maltreatment than children without disabilities
  • Parents abusing drugs or alcohol are at a higher risk of neglecting/abusing their children
  • Circumstances that place parents under substantial stress is likely to increase the risk of child abuse i.e., mental and physical illness, economic stress, drug abuse, isolation
  • Domestic violence greatly impacts children in the home.
  • Children living in domestic violence situations are at risk of being physically abused them selves
  • Neglected or sexually abused children may not show any physical signs of harm
  • Adults who were abused as children are at risk of suffering from heart disease, cancer, lung and liver disease
  • Reporting child abuse does not automatically mean the child will be removed from the home
  •  Programs offering help can positively impact a family at risk and can prevent child abuse
  • Supporting a stressed parent or caregiver helps both the parent and the child
  • Child Abuse is 100% preventable. Please call and ask us how you can help.