Strengthening Families & Building Communities
to Keep Children Safe and Families Together

Child abuse and neglect impact all of our children, families, communities and society at large.

Communities play a critical role in both helping to keep children safe and strengthening families. Below you will learn what the cost of child abuse and neglect are to every community in California and ways to take action to strengthen families, build communities, and nurture childhoods. We all have a role to play. The solutions are within our reach.

Child Abuse and Neglect in California (2023)


Estimated Survivors, based on national estimates of child abuse prevalence.


Reported Survivors, or 0.85 every minute.


Substantiated Survivors, or 131 children each day.


Fatalities from child abuse and neglect.

$16.5 billion - Total economic burden incurred by California communities for the lifetime costs of survivors of child abuse and neglect in 2023.

1.37 million - Number of children that could be sent to preschool for that same amount.

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Impacts in Your County

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Community Protective & Risk Factors

A variety of environmental factors place children and their families at greater risk for abuse and neglect. Other community-level factors can help protect children. Understanding these protective and risk factors will help you advocate for solutions that work in your community.

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Take Action

Child abuse and neglect impacts us all.

Each community in California has a unique set of strengths that can help it prevent abuse. We believe that an effective approach to preventing abuse will:

Involve collaboration between nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, and community groups

Bolster individual, family, and community protective factors, particularly for populations placed in high-risk environments

Raise awareness of the devastating personal and economic impact of abuse

Address local risk factors and root causes of child abuse and neglect

Activate the community to protect every child

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