Important Updates

To align with university directives and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all in-person activities, events and programs must be in compliance with University COVID safety protocols. Refer to the Campus Maize & Blueprint for the most up-to-date guidance.

Effective September 14, 2021 the Children on Campus policy has been expanded to include all study team members who interact with children as research participants.

What is Child Abuse?

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  • Define child abuse
  • Identify indicators or signs of child abuse
  • Understand reporting requirements
  • Provide support and assistance for intervention and referrals

What is Child Abuse?

Harm or threatened harm to a child’s health or welfare by a parent, legal guardian or any other adult responsible for the child’s health and welfare


  • 676,000 children are estimated to have suffered from maltreatment during 2012
    • 75% neglect
    • 18% physical abuse
    • 8.5% sexual abuse
  • 78%

    Child fatalities caused by parents

  • 70%

    Child fatalities younger than three years old

  • 1640

    Estimated to have died as a result of abuse and neglect

  • Over 512,000 perpetrators were reported nationally
  • 82% of perpetrators were between the ages of 18–44 years
  • More than half the perpetrators were women
  • Over 80% of perpetrators were parents

Child Maltreatment 2016
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services