Navigation Links
Child Abuse in U.S. Declines for 5th Straight Year
Date:12/13/2012

THURSDAY, Dec. 13 (HealthDay News) -- The number of child abuse and neglect cases reported in the United States in 2011 fell for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new federal government report.

About 681,000 cases of child abuse or neglect were documented last year, which continues the steady decrease from 723,000 cases in 2007, said the document from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families.

However, the number of child deaths due to maltreatment has fluctuated. Deaths peaked at 1,740 in 2009, but were at a five-year low of 1,570 in 2011.

"We have made excellent progress over the past five years," George Sheldon, acting assistant secretary of the administration, said in an HHS news release. "But what this report tells me is that we still have 681,000 children out there who need our help. We must continue coordination efforts among federal, state and local agencies to focus on child maltreatment prevention."

The report said about 54 percent of abusers were women, about 48 percent were white, roughly 20 percent were black and around 19 percent were Hispanic. In about 81 percent of cases, the abusers were the victim's parent.

Of the children who suffered abuse or neglect last year, about 11 percent were physically or mentally disabled.

Some of the victims were exposed to domestic violence (about 25 percent), drug abuse (almost 19 percent) or alcohol abuse (almost 10 percent), according to the report.

Bryan Samuels, commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, said the report shows that the families who experience child abuse and neglect face multiple challenges. "So we are targeting some investments to approaches that understand and respond to that complexity," Samuels said in the news release.

This year, the Administration for Children and Families awarded grants to several projects meant to prevent or treat child abuse and neglect in these families.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has more about child abuse.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: U.S. Health and Human Services Administration, news release, Dec. 12, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. An Early Start for Your Child with Autism
2. IntegraGen launches ARISk test, a genetic screening tool for autism in high-risk children
3. In children born with severe heart defect, surgical management has little effect on neuro outcomes
4. Children Born to Obese Moms May Face Higher Autism Risk: Study
5. Supporting LGB children may influence their long-term health, BU study finds
6. Out-of-hand tree nut consumption associated with better diet quality in children and adults
7. New study identifies promising, achievable solutions to Nigerias childhood mortality crisis
8. Symptomatic behaviour in childhood strongly predicts psychiatric treatment as a young adult
9. BASPCAN - UK-wide increase in number of children
10. IU, Regenstrief automated system aims to improve child health
11. Study identifies potential treatment for lethal childhood leukemia
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Child Abuse in U.S. Declines for 5th Straight Year
(Date:5/22/2017)... San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) , ... May 22, 2017 , ... ... It starts with a body squatted, stretched, jumped, toned and shaped through fitness programs. ... And it is, of course, finished off with an irresistible, radiant smile. CDA ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... May 19, 2017 , ... ... is pleased to announce the appointment of James (Jim) Vertino as Chief Information ... is a proven, transformational leader who drives innovation and business performance. He defines ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... ... May 21, 2017 , ... For the past ... group of scholars, policymakers, and activists wanting to address equity issues in breastfeeding, ... the third book from a recent series of from this conference. , ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... ... May 21, 2017 , ... ... been longer than six months since you've seen a dentist, it's time for ... year and getting x-rays once per year. , Dental checkups are a relatively ...
(Date:5/19/2017)... , ... May 19, 2017 , ... When Kyle Busch ... his name will already appear on two major research studies that could impact the ... with Dr. Matt Daggett, KCU alumnus and an orthopedic surgeon, alongside an international team ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2017)... 2017 Clarius Mobile Health, a digital ... scanners this week at the American Congress of ... San Diego, CA from ... the perfect tool for clinicians to easily confirm ... evaluate pregnancy-related complications like ectopic pregnancy and placenta ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... May 4, 2017  DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), a ... big data solutions, today announced that it is teaming ... STI Technologies Limited to lower diabetes healthcare costs in ... innoviCares card, which is available throughout all provinces and ... will be eligible for additional savings when shopping for ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... BOTHELL, Wash. , May 4, 2017   ... a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary clinical ... media ("BioLife" or the "Company"), today announced that ... released after market close on Thursday, May 11, 2017, ... and live webcast at 1:30 p.m. PT that afternoon. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: