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Understanding Child Maltreatment Fact Sheet
This 2-page fact sheet provides a basic overview of child maltreatment. It is intended for the general public.

Child Maltreatment: Facts at a Glance
This fact sheet provides up-to-date data and statistics on child maltreatment.

Preventing Child Maltreatment: Program Activities Guide
This guide describes CDC's public health activities and research to prevent child maltreatment.

Child Maltreatment 2006
This report presents national data about child abuse and neglect reported to child protective services agencies in the United States during Federal fiscal year 2006.

World Report on Violence and Health
This report is the first comprehensive review of violence on a global scale. Chapter 3 provides detailed information on child maltreatment.
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Understanding Child Maltreatment Questions and Answers.

CDC published The Effects of Childhood Stress on Health Across the Lifespan.

CDC published Preventing Child Sexual Abuse within Youth Serving Organizations: Getting Started On Policies and Procedures.

CDC published Child Maltreatment Surveillance: Uniform Definitions for Public Health and Recommended Data Elements.


Consistent definitions are necessary for obtaining accurate and reliable estimates of child maltreatment.

Data Sources

Data, including the number of violence-related injuries and deaths, help define the magnitude of the problem.

Risk and Protective Factors

Risk and protective factors are important considerations in the development of prevention programs.


Child maltreatment can have a devastating impact on victims and communities.

Prevention Strategies

The current science base includes information on best practices and promising prevention strategies.


Strategies for distributing prevention information and ensuring widespread adoption within communities.
  National Child Abuse Hotline

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
The ACE Study examines the link between adult health and adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment.

Interview on the hidden problem of child abuse by CDC's Dr. James Mercy Audio or text version.

CDC's Extramural Research Program

Child Welfare Information Gateway
This gateway provides resources to help protect children and strengthen families.
Links to online resource information.

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Content Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention
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