Child Abuse Prevention Month : Child Abuse Prevention Month What is child abuse or neglect? : What is child abuse or neglect? Under law, an abused or neglected child is any child under 18 whose parent, or any other person responsible for the care of the child, does any or all of the following: Causes or threatens to cause a non-accidental physical or mental injury, including, but not limited to a child who is with his parent during the manufacture or sale of certain drugs. Neglects or refuses to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, emotional nurturing, or health care. Abandons the child. Fails to provide adequate supervision in relation the child's age and level of development. Causes or threatens to cause a non-accidental physical or mental injury, including, but not limited to a child who is with his parent during the manufacture or sale of certain drugs. Commits or allows to be committed any illegal sexual act upon a child including incest, rape, fondling, indecent, exposure, prostitution, or allows a child to be used in any sexually explicit visual material. Knowingly leaves a child alone in the same dwelling with a person who is not related to the child by blood or marriage and who is required to register as a violent sexual offender. Child abuse is not usually just one physical attack or just one instance of failure to meet a child's most basic needs. Usually child abuse is a pattern of behavior which takes place over a period of time. The longer child abuse continues, the more serious it becomes, and the more difficult it is to stop. How many children were reported as victims of maltreatment? : How many children were reported as victims of maltreatment? From July 2008 through December 2009, 47,571 children were reported as possible victims of abuse and/or neglect in 33,405 completed report to Indiana Department of Child Services. Were all these reports founded? : Were all these reports founded? Founded means that a review of the facts met the legal criteria for abuse. 5,921 children were victims in founded reports of child abuse and/or neglect. In addition, 33,859 children were involved in reports that received a family assessment. This means that a C.P.S. Worker completed a family services needs assessment. How many children died as a result of child abuse/neglect? : How many children died as a result of child abuse/neglect? In fiscal year 2009, 34 children in Indiana died from injuries attributable to abuse and/or neglect, and 28 of these children were age 4 or younger. Who were the children? : Who were the children? 38.96% of all victims in founded investigations of child abuse/neglect were children age 4 & younger.
78.55% of all victims were children age 12 & under
58.92% of all victims were white, 30.56% were black
4.56 were multiracial, 0.83% were Asian What were the types of maltreatment? : What were the types of maltreatment? In some reports, more than one type of abuse may have occurred.
Of all the instances of maltreatment in completed founded investigation:
56.32% of the maltreatment was due to physical neglect, a failure to provide food, clothing, shelter, or supervision to the child to the extent that the child's health was endangered.
25.39% of the maltreatment was due to physical abuse
13.80% of the maltreatment was due to sexual abuse
2.35% of the maltreatment was due to medical neglect
2.14% of the maltreatment was due to mental abuse/neglect Who are the abuser? : Who are the abuser? Abusive parents can be your friends, your neighbors or your relatives. Child maltreatment affects all economic, racial, social, ethnic & religious groups. Slide 9: Encourage families under stress to seek out support services.
Call the 800-CHILDREN support line.
Report suspected child abuse and neglect. Call your local social services department or the Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline at: