Child abuse and neglect is a serious crime that can affect any family regardless of wealth, social status, education level or geographic location. The following are some general facts and important resources EOA Children’s House wants to make available to all families to help prevent child abuse and neglect.
The Facts about Child Abuse:
- Each day in the United States, more than 5 children die as the result of child abuse or neglect in the home.
- In 2011, an estimated 1,903 children died from abuse and neglect in the U.S., 12 of those were in Arkansas.
- Last year, there were approximately 34,000 reported cases of child abuse and neglect in Arkansas – almost twice the seating capacity of Bud Walton Arena.
- Homicide is the 4th leading cause of death for U.S. children ages 1 to 9 years, the 3rd leading cause of death for children ages 10 to 14 years, and the second leading cause of death for youth.
- In 2013, there were 987 substantiated cases of abuse and neglect in Benton County and Washington County combined, this is almost 3 children a day.
- April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month.
Local and National Child Abuse Resources:
Family Watchdog: EOA Children’s House recognizes that prevention is the best way to deal with child abuse and wants to protect as many families as possible. Family Watchdog is a website where you can enter in your address and see how many registered offenders live near your home or place of work. http://www.familywatchdog.us/
The National Child Protection Training Center:
Arkansas Child Abuse Report Hotline: 800-482-5964
Prevent Child Abuse America:
Children’s Bureau Express (formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information):
National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence (NCCAFV):
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC):
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA):
Arkansas DHS Statistical Reports on Child Abuse:
Product Safety Recall Information:
Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls