Child Abuse and Neglect

As some of the most vulnerable in our society, children are worthy of growing up in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment. Unfortunately, millions of young people are abused, ignored, and mistreated by the adults responsible to create that positive environment.

Child abuse are acts that result in serious harm or risk of harm, including physical violence, exploitation, and death. Failure to take action to stop the harm is also considered child abuse.

Child neglect is the failure to provide a child’s basic needs that range from providing clean clothing to medical care.

In the United States, child protective services referrals involve 7.2 million children each year.

Children rely on others to be their voice. View resources to help them.

The healing journey for those who have experienced child abuse and neglect can be extremely painful. It is also possible for survivors to go on and have healthy and productive childhoods and adult lives. At Joyful Heart, we encourage you to learn more about the effects, the signs, and the statistics of this abuse.

About Child Abuse and Neglect

Child abuse and neglect have different legal definitions. The general terms can help you identify the harm children may face.

Learn more about child abuse and neglect.

Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect

Once a child is safe from abuse, recovery can be a significant challenge. The trauma should be addressed early to begin healing.

Learn the effects of child abuse and neglect. 

Know the Signs

Abusers often convince children to lie or be silent about their situations. There are visible signs that a child may be hurt.

Learn the signs of child abuse and neglect.


Millions of children in the U.S. are victims of child abuse and neglect. Fatalities of young people are at startling numbers.

Learn the statistics of child abuse and neglect.

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