Study: Despite recession, Child Abuse In The U.S. Is Declining

A new study finds that the economic recession has not spurred an increase in child abuse, as many feared. On the contrary, the University of Pennsylvania study shows “overall abuse and neglect figures declining slightly between 2008 and 2010, and child fatalities dropping by 8.5 percent during that span.” The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the estimated number of abused children dropped from 716,000 in 2008 to 695,000 in 2010. In fact, the rate of abuse was 10 per 1,000 children, “the lowest level since the current tracking system began in 1990.” While pleased with the decline, HHS cautions that “even one child being a victim of abuse and neglect is too many. “The report reminds us of the continuing need for investment in prevention efforts and the importance of coordination between federal, state and local agencies,” HHS added.