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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