National Statistics

  • Once every minute a child is abused.
  • There were 906,000 substantiated cases of abuse in 2004.
  • 50% of child abuse occurs before a child is 6 years old.
  • 4 children die each day from child abuse.
  • 80% of victims were abused by a parent.
  • In 2004 58% of perpetrators were women.
  • 61% of substantiated cases of abuse are neglect.
  • 19% of substantiated cases are physical abuse.
  • 10% of substantiated cases are sexual abuse.

Delaware Statistics

  • There were 1004 substantiated cases of abuse.
  • 46% of substantiated cases of abuse are neglect.
  • 36% of substantiated cases are physical abuse.
  • 11% of substantiated cases are sexual abuse.
  • In any given day there are 700 children in foster care.
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