Statistics About Child Abuse

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According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, FY 2015 saw:

  • 8,127 confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect in Central Texas (Region 7*),
  • 66,721 children and teens confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect in Texas, and for nearly 79% of those children, their parent or parents were the perpetrator
  • 171 children died from abuse and neglect in Texas, 20 more fatalities than in FY 2014

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Children who have been abused and neglected are at least 25% more likely to experience problems such as delinquency, teen pregnancy, low academic achievement, drug use, and mental health problems. (Study by Kelley, Thornberry, & Smith, 1997)
  • As many as 80% of young adults who had been abused met the diagnostic criteria for at least one psychiatric disorder at age 21 — including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and suicide attempts.
  • Girls who experienced childhood physical abuse were 1% to 7% more likely to become perpetrators of youth violence and 8% to 10% more likely to be perpetrators of interpersonal violence (IPV). Boys who experienced childhood sexual violence were 3% to 12% more likely to commit youth violence and 1% to 17% more likely to commit IPV (Xiangming & Corso, 2007).

According to the Texas Commission on Children and Youth, children who grow up in violent homes are:

  • 6 times more likely to commit suicide
  • 24 times more likely to commit sexual assault
  • 74 times more likely to commit crimes against another person
  • 50 times more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs

* Region 7 is an area of 30 Texas counties that includes Travis County.
*** Child Welfare Information Gateway

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