Children who are abused or neglected, as well as children who witness domestic violence, often exhibit emotional and behavioral problems, such as depression, suicidal behavior, difficulty in school, use of alcohol and other drugs, and early sexual activity. Children who are abused or neglected also are more likely to repeat the cycle of violence by entering into violent relationships as teens and adults or abusing their own children.
Child abuse and neglect are found in families of all socioeconomic levels, religious affiliations, and ethnic groups. A variety of risk factors exist for child abuse/neglect. Primary among them is parental substance abuse. Another risk factor is domestic violence. Other contributing factors include parental mental illness, poverty, and child disability.
The facts about child abuse can be staggering but understanding the facts about child abuse can help you better protect the children in your life.
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This post was recently published in the Dakota Catholic Action.