Statistics on Physical Abuse
Presents statistics on the physical abuse of children and youth, along with information on risk factors, including State and local examples.
Table 3-8: Maltreatment Types of Victims, 2012 (PDF - 4,372 KB)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau (2013)
In Child Maltreatment 2012
Presents the number and percent of reported maltreatment types of victims, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological maltreatment, and medical neglect.
Delayed Identification of Pediatric Abuse-Related Fractures
Ravichandiran, Schuh, Bejuk, Al-Harthy, Shouldice, Au, et al.
Pediatrics, 125(1), 2009
Determines how frequently abusive fractures are missed by physicians during previous examinations and the clinical predictors associated with unrecognized abuse. Of 258 patients with abusive fractures, 54 (20.9%) had at least 1 previous physician visit at which abuse was missed.
Experiences of Physical Punishment at Home, at School, and in Public Places
Saunders & Goddard (2010)
In Physical Punishment in Childhood: The Rights of the Child
Examines the incidence of physical punishment in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, and presents qualitative data on individuals' experiences with physical punishment in private and public places.
Hospitalized Cases of Child Abuse in America: Who, What, When, and Where
Bullock, Koval, Moen, Carney, & Spratt
Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 29(3), 2009
Uses a nationally representative sample of all pediatric inpatient discharges for calendar years 1997, 2000, and 2003, to identify common characteristics of child abuse and to delineate features of physical injury cases that would raise concern for child abuse.
Incidence of Serious Physical Abuse in Children
Leventhal, Martin, & Gaither
Pediatrics, 129(3), 2012
Uses the 2006 Kids' Inpatient Database to estimate the incidence of hospitalizations due to serious physical abuse among children under 18 years of age and examines the demographic characteristics, mean costs, and length of stay in three groups of hospitalized children: abusive injuries, non-abusive injuries, and all other reasons for hospitalization.
McCoy & Keen (2009)
In Child Abuse and Neglect
Defines physical child abuse and discusses its incidence, the legal difference between physical child abuse and corporal punishment, and physical and nonphysical consequences of physical abuse.
Physical Abuse in Childhood (Ages 5-13)
In Family Influences on Childhood Behavior and Development: Evidence-Based Prevention and Treatment Approaches
Explains the prevalence of physical abuse and discusses factors that increase the potential for abuse.
State and local examples
Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) in Virginia, 2004â€“2008 (PDF - 70 KB)
Virginia Department of Health, Division of Prevention and Health Promotion Injury, Suicide and Violence Prevention Program
Virginia Injury Update, 4(3), 2010
Examines head injuries in infants and toddlers attributed to shaken baby syndrome in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prevention tips also are provided.