This collection of frequently asked questions provides brief answers to many common questions about child abuse and neglect.
What is the cost of child abuse in New Hampshire?
$300 million is spent annually on treatment of child abuse and neglect victims.
What is the cost to the tax payers of New Hampshire?
$95.7 million annually.
How many children are abused and neglected each year?
What is the most common age of the abused?
In 2011, 35% of victims were younger than 3 years, with children younger than 1 year having the highest rate of victimization (21.2 per 1,000 children).(Source: 2013 CDC Report)
What is the most common age of death from abuse?
Of child maltreatment fatalities in 2011, 81.6% occurred among children younger than age 4; 9.5% among 4-7 year-olds; 4.6% among 8-11 year-olds; 2.2% among 12-15 year-olds; and 1.4% among 16-17 year-olds. (Source: CDC)
What should I do if I suspect a child is being abused?
Our annual Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign is also an opportunity to work together to create support for families that reduce exposure to toxic stress, including our legislative efforts to expand violence prevention programs that provide additional economic and social supports to at-risk families. We have many resources and suggestions to help you support prevention activities in your community.
How do I make a report to child protective services?
How can we prevent child abuse?
When we intervene early in children’s lives, we see the results later on in a more prosperous future for all of us. Child development is community development. When we provide healthy environments of experiences and relationships, we build a strong foundation for healthy brain development. One active ingredient is the “serve and return” relationships that children have with their parents and other caregivers in their communities. As in games such as tennis and volleyball, young children naturally reach out for interaction, and adults respond with reliable, underdeveloped, and future development must rely on a fragile foundation. That is why our organization supports efforts to implement child abuse prevention programs known to be effective, such as the Period of PURPLE Crying, Healthy Families America and Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework. This ensures that all children in our community will grow up with healthy development they need to become stable, contributing adults.
What about home visiting?
When you are building a house, you go step by step, beginning with a strong foundation. Just like a house a strong foundation in children’s early years increases the probability of positive outcomes. A weak foundation increases the odds of later difficulties. Home visiting programs are designed to build that strong foundation by connecting families with community support and resources to help create positive environments for young children. When that strong foundation is built, children are able to develop their cognitive, social and emotional capacities, which all work together to create positive outcomes.
What are the types of child abuse?
The types of child abuse are physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. It is important to note, however, that these types of abuse are more typically found in combination than alone. A physically abused child, for example, is often emotionally abused as well, and a sexually abused child also may be neglected. Visit here for signs of each type of abuse. (Source: Childwelfare.gov)
What are the signs of child abuse?
shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance
has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents' attention
has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes
is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen
lacks adult supervision
is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn
comes to school or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go home
shows little concern for the child
denies the existence of—or blames the child for—the child's problems in school or at home
asks teachers or other caregivers to use harsh physical discipline if the child misbehaves
sees the child as entirely bad, worthless, or burdensome
demands a level of physical or academic performance the child cannot achieve
looks primarily to the child for care, attention, and satisfaction of emotional needs
rarely touch or look at each other
consider their relationship entirely negative
state that they do not like each other
Who are the perpetrators of child abuse and neglect?
Most victims in 2011 were maltreated by a parent (80.8%). Other perpetrators included relatives other than parents (5.9%), unmarried partners of parents (4.4%), and other unrelated adults (2.9%).
In 2011, fewer than 6% of perpetrators were aged < 19 years; 36.4% were aged 20–29 years; 32.3% were aged 30–39 years; 15.9% were aged 40–49 years; and 5.0% were aged 50-59 years.
Two-fifths (45.1%) of perpetrators in 2011 were men, and 53.6% were women.