Budget for Child Abuse Prevention

by JWC
(Canada)

There are 103.8 billion reason governments must budget for child abuse prevention.


$103.8 billion is the annual estimated cost of child abuse. This according to an economic impact study done for Prevent Child Abuse America. They claim this is a conservative estimate.

The economic impact study is summarized into direct and indirect costs:
  • Hospitalization                    $ 6,625,959,263
  • Mental Health Care              $ 1,080,706,049
  • Child Welfare System           $25,361,329,051
  • Law Enforcement                $      33,307,770

  • Total direct costs =             $33,101,302,133


  • Special Education                $  2,410,306,242
  • Juvenile Delinquency            $  7,174,814,134
  • Mental Health & Health Care  $      67,863,457
  • Adult Criminal Justice System $27,979,811,982
  • Lost Productivity to Society   $33,019,919,544

  • Total indirect costs =            $70,652,715,359
These numbers are staggering. They are a clear indication that all governments need to budget money for child abuse prevention. In the long run it will improve their economic bottom line.

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Jun 29, 2009
A study that has the potential to bring about real change...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Finally, a study that takes in the true cost of child abuse. Let's hope that the politicians and their constituents are paying heed; otherwise, such studies effect no change at all. And we need change if we have any hope of preventing child abuse, and thus our own futures. After all, children grow up and become the next generation of politicians and lawyers and judges and if they don't pay heed and make changes, they go on to create yet another generation of abused children, and on the cycle goes.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and information with my visitors and me, JWC. You are a much valued contributor here on my site.

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Darlene Barriere
Webmaster: www.child-abuse-effects.com
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

Jun 30, 2009
Go for it, Please it will benefit you and many
by: maurice

Great this is a realization that Budgets need to be put in place to benefit all who have been wrongly treated as children. THose who abused them don't give a damn about their misery now created by those un real human being. Shout loudly on your own behalf and that of others. Let your voice be heard.

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