Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Abuse Facts
Close to a million children are abused or neglected each year according to the latest government statistics. The majority involve cases of neglect. About 1,300 children die of abuse or neglect each year. Violence against mothers by their intimate partners is a serious risk factor for child abuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that about 50 percent of children, whose mothers are abused, are abused themselves.
The physical and emotional consequences of child abuse and neglect can be far reaching for the victim. Even after the physical scars have faded, the emotional trauma can last a lifetime. NWHIC says victims can become increasingly stressed, suffer from depression, a lowered self-esteem and post-traumatic stress disorder.
If you believe you or someone you know is a victim of child abuse or domestic violence, you can contact your healthcare provider for more information. For immediate help and support, you can call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.
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