Child Abuse Prevention Notes
Each April, awareness is raised during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Consider these recent US statistics:
- In 1996, forty-five (45) states reported that nearly 3 million children were alleged victims of abuse or maltreatment
- Approximately 14 of every 1,000 children experienced physical abuse or neglect
- Infants suffer abuse more often than other age groups, and the majority of victims of abuse are younger than four (4) years of age
- Fatalities are common in cases of toddler and infant abuse, and the Hampton Roads area is a particular area of concern, with statistics above Virginia and national averages
- In 75% of child abuse cases, a child is abused by its parents
- National statistics show 10% of child abuse cases involve relatives other than the parents
- Two thirds of the perpetrators are female and younger than the age of 40
- Three quarters of male perpetrators often sexually abuse children as well.
Are you concerned that a child you know is living in an abusive home?
Contact your local Child Protective Services agency for help. Do you need help managing your behavior towards your own children, or children in your care?
Contact EAP at 757-398-2374 or 1-800-EAP-3257.