Budget for Child Abuse Prevention
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.Note from Darlene:
I regret that I can no longer continue the practice of commenting on visitor submissions to the degree I have in the past, as I am currently writing a book on healing from child abuse. I ask that you please read my post of June 24, 2009 titled Announcement Regarding my Comments
for a complete explanation. I welcome you to follow my progress on my Facebook page at Healing from Child Abuse
. When you get there, don't forget to click onto the Become a Fan link. I do hope to hear from you there.Email addresses, phone numbers, home addresses AND website/blog URLs in visitor comments are STRICTLY prohibited, and could result in being banned from making further comments on this site.