Cost of Child Abuse

Menstuff® has compiled the following information on the Dollar Cost of Child Abuse..

$258 Million Per Day


In 2001, Prevent Child Abuse America released a report estimating that the U.S. spends $258 million each day as a direct or indirect result of the abuse and neglect of our nation's children. The estimate includes direct costs associated with intervening to help, and treating the medical and emotional problems suffered by abused and neglected children, as well as the indirect costs associated with the long-term consequences of abuse and neglect to both the individual and society at large. The annual costs are equivalent to $1,451.55 per U.S. family.

The data used to obtain the total cost to society was based on research from a variety of sources, which was then compared with data relating to child abuse and neglect. Since conservative estimates were used, the actual annual cost of child maltreatment in the US could be higher than its estimate of $94 billion per year.

 

Direct Cost
Daily Estimate

Hospitalization

$17,001,082

Chronic Health Problems

8,186,185

Mental Health Care System

1,164,686

Child Welfare System

39,452,054

Law Enforcement

67,698

Judicial System

934,725

Total Direct Costs

$66,806,430

Indirect Costs

.

Special Education

612,624

Mental Health & Health Care

12,678,455

Juvenile Delinquency

23,124,086

Lost Productivity to Society

1,797,260

Adult Criminality

151,726,027

Total Indirect Costs

$190,938,452

Total Daily Cost

$257,744,882

Source: For complete information see www.preventchildabuse.org Fromm, S., 2001 Annual Cost of Child Maltreatment, Prevent Child Abuse America.

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