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.


Children receiving outpatient assessment services at CARES Northwest: 1570
Children receiving inpatient consults at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel: 169
Children receiving trauma therapy at CARES Northwest: 80
Children receiving social work consults at the Children’s Emergency Department at Randall Children’s Hospital: 377
Children attending Child Abuse Prevention Team programs: 3967

Children referred to other resources: 719
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.

Of the 1570 children receiving outpatient assessment services at CARES Northwest:

  • An average of 131 were served each month
  • An average of 6 were served each day
  • Gender: 61% girls and 39% boys, <1% transgender


Preschool (<5) 22%
Elementary school (5-12) 53%
Teen (13-17) 22%

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

Sexual abuse 46%
Physical abuse 30%
High-risk environment 24%
Neglect 10%
Witness to violence   9%
Problematic sexualized behavior   4%
Drug endangered child   3%


2016 Statistics
2016 Summary

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