Child abuse facts and resources

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The Children's Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services reported these alarming 2019 national statistics:

  • On average in the United States, every day more than five children died of abuse and neglect, but the actual number is likely higher, due in part to underreporting.
  • Almost 80 percent of these deaths were caused by a parent.
  • More than 75 percent of the reported victims were under four years of age.

Report child abuse — it's the law

If you have reasons to believe a child may be a victim of physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, you are required by law to report it immediately to the local child protective service office or law enforcement.

Dodge 507-431-5725
Fillmore 507-765-2175
Freeborn 507-377-5400
Goodhue 651-385-3155
Houston 507-725-5811
Mower 507-437-9700
Olmsted 507-328-6400
Wabasha 651-565-3351
Waseca 507-835-0560
Winona 507-457-6500

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