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The economic burden of child maltreatment in the United States, 2015

Wednesday, November 7, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Alonso
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Updated Costs of Child Abuse and Neglect Larger than Before - CDC

Child abuse and neglect cases in 2015 alone will cost the United States more than $428 million dollars, according to a new study, which updated the calculation of monetary costs resulting from child abuse and neglect in the United States.

We know childhood experiences build the foundation for health throughout a person’s life. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic experiences, which occur in childhood. Exposure to ACEs, like child abuse and neglect, can impact health—both immediately and later in life—in many ways, including increased risk of chronic disease, engagement in risky behaviors, limited life opportunities, and premature death. These impacts have monetary costs, including costs for health care, special education, decreased productivity at work, and criminal justice and child welfare services.

This study expanded current measures to include the decreased quality of life experienced by adults and communities affected by child abuse and neglect. They also updated the cost associated with the death of a child due to child abuse and neglect, and revised the number of children exposed to child abuse and neglect to reflect more recent data.

Based on these updated costs, for each person in the United States who experiences nonfatal child abuse and neglect, the cost to society is $830,928 over the victim’s lifetime. For each child who dies due to child abuse and neglect, the cost to the US population is $16.6 million.

In total, substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect from 2015 will cost the US a total of $428 billion dollars.

Prevention of child abuse and neglect, along with access to safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments, improves lifelong health, greatly reducing these costs. Visit CDC’s ACE webpage or watch this video to learn how you can prevent child abuse and neglect in your community.


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