An estimated 763,000 children were exposed to incidents of child abuse and neglect in 2009. This means that 10 out of every 1,000 children suffered some form of abuse/neglect that year. Although even one incident of child abuse or neglect is too much, this is a decrease in the number of children who were exposed to abuse and neglect in 2009. Though the reduction is encouraging, efforts to prevent and eliminate child abuse and neglect continue.
The first step in helping abused or neglected children is learning to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect. The presence of a single sign does not prove child abuse is occurring in a family, but a closer look at the situation may be warranted when these signs appear repeatedly or in combination.Â