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:
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