Child Abuse

“Whatever. She hit him all the time.”

 

Child abuse is defined as the physical and psychological mistreatment, neglect or sexual molestation of a child by a parent or caregiver. If not stopped it can easily lead to injury, emotional and physical harm, and even as far as death. Each year there are more than 3 million reports of child abuse made in the United States with 15,000 calls per month to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline in New Jersey alone. 26 percent of those 15,000 calls came from schools and 14 percent from anonymous callers. Sadly, even with the hotline and other measures, abuse is still a problem; 80 percent of New Jersey children who die from abuse and neglect are 3-years-old or younger and nearly half of these cases are known to the state’s child protection system. Anyone is able to make a call if they notice signs of abuse no matter the situation or person. In the state of New Jersey you can call to report child abuse of any kind at 1-877- NJ ABUSE.

 

Sources:

"Child Abuse and Neglect by the Numbers: Protecting NJ's Most Vulnerable » Community Foundation of New Jersey." Community Foundation of New Jersey. December 09, 2013.http://cfnj.org/child-abuse-and-neglect-by-the-numbers-protecting-njs-most-vulnerable/.

"What is Child Abuse." Childhelp. https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/.