Statistics

Statistics related to the incidence of child abuse can be overwhelming. Some health care professionals refer to child abuse as a national epidemic. Studies estimate that as many as one in three girls and one in six boys will experience some form of child abuse by the time they reach the age of 18.

TOTAL CHILDREN SERVED BY CARES NORTHWEST in 2013: 4842

Children receiving outpatient assessment services at CARES Northwest: 1433

Children receiving inpatient consults at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel: 149

Children receiving social work consults at the Children’s Emergency Department at Randall Children’s Hospital: 306

Children referred to other resources: 883

CARES Northwest intake counselors determine the most appropriate follow-up for every referral call. If an assessment isn’t warranted, families may be referred to primary care providers, counseling resources, or community partners.

Children attending Child Abuse Prevention Team programs: 2071

Of the 1433 children receiving outpatient assessment services at CARES Northwest:

  • An average of 120 were served each month
  • An average of 6 were served each day
  • Gender: 65% girls and 35% boys

Age

Preschool (<5) 26%
Elementary school (5-12) 51%
Teen (13-17) 23%

Referral concerns (alone or with other concerns – total exceeds 100%)**

Sexual abuse 56%
Physical abuse 27%
High-risk environment 27%
Neglect** 9%
Witness to violence 11%
Drug-endangered child 4%
Non abuse/second medical opinion 1%

**Most often, children evaluated for concerns of neglect are evaluated for other types of abuse as well.

2013 Statistics

2013 Summary

 For more information, contact CARES Northwest at (503) 276-9000.