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: 1518
Children receiving inpatient consults at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel: 178

Children receiving trauma therapy at CARES Northwest: 55
Children receiving social work consults at the Children’s Emergency Department at Randall Children’s Hospital: 334
Children referred to other resources: 937
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: 2534

Of the 1518 children receiving outpatient assessment services at CARES Northwest:

  • An average of 126.5 were served each month
  • An average of 6 were served each day
  • Gender: 62% girls and 38% boys, <1% transgender


Preschool (<5) 23%
Elementary school (5-12) 55%
Teen (13-17) 22%

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

Sexual abuse 51%
Physical abuse 27%
High-risk environment 22%
Neglect** 9%
Witness to violence 10%
Drug-endangered child 5%
Non abuse/second medical opinion <1%

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

2015 Statistics
2014 Summary

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