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Child Abuse Statistics

Each year, Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country provide necessary services to child victims of abuse, helping to set them on the path to hope and healing. In Pennsylvania alone, Children’s Advocacy Centers served more than 11,000 children in need over the course of 2014. Other statistics include:

  • In the first 3 months of 2015, most CACs saw a 30% increase of the children served by PA Children’s Advocacy Centers.
  • Of the abuse reported, sexual abuse was the highest, with over 8,000 allegations.
  • Children’s Advocacy Centers logged thousands of hours of medical exams/treatment, counseling/therapy, forensic interviewing, and case management coordination.
  • Prevention work was also a focus for Children’s Advocacy Centers, with various campaigns and local outreach work done by individual Centers, helping to increase awareness of child abuse and encouraging individuals to report abuse when suspected.

National Child Abuse Statistics

In 2013, an estimated 1,520 children died from abuse and neglect in the United States. 1

In the same year, Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country served nearly 295,000 child victims of abuse, providing victim advocacy and support to these children and their families. In 2014, this number was over 315,000. 2

  • An estimated 679,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect (unique instances). 1
  • 47 states reported approximately 3.1 million children received preventative services from Child Protective Services agencies in the United States. 1
  • Children in the first year of their life had the highest rate of victimization of 23.1 per 1,000 children in the national population of the same age. 1
  • Of the children who experienced maltreatment or abuse, nearly 80% suffered neglect; 18% suffered physical abuse; and 9% suffered sexual abuse. 1
  • Just under 80% of reported child fatalities as a result of abuse and neglect were caused by one or more of the child victim’s parents. 1

1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children & Families. Child Maltreatment 2013. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/child-maltreatment-2013 

2 National Children’s Alliance 2013 and 2014 national statistics collected from Children’s Advocacy Center members and available on the NCA website: http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/cac-statistics