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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Every day, far too many children are exposed to physical, emotional, and sexual violence in their homes, schools, and communities. Such exposure can cause children significant physical, mental, and emotional harm with long-term effects that can last well into adulthood.

Learn more about how OJJDP is raising public awareness about child abuse and supporting practitioners, researchers, and communities as they seek solutions to address it.

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A 2011 study sponsored by OJJDP revealed that 13.8 percent of the children and youth surveyed experienced maltreatment (including physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, neglect, custodial interference, or family abduction) in the past year, and 25.6 percent experienced it during their lifetimes.

Second National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence