Should Child Abuse be Considered a Public Health Issue?

August 7, 2018
Posted on: August 7, 2018
Author: Ramey Law P.C.
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An estimated 1 in 4 children have experienced some type of child abuse or neglect in their lifetimes. Child abuse is not only physically damaging, but the childhood trauma can lead to depression, behavioral issues, violence, health problems and substance abuse. In order to fix the growing issue of child abuse, health experts think that the public should be treating these problems as actual public health concerns. This will occur by continuing public and private sector funding for training and research as well as prevention programs.

What Have Recent Surveys Shown About Child Abuse and Public Health?

In recent national surveys, a large percentage of people agreed that child abuse and neglect is a prevalent problem in their local communities. These same people in the majority percentage also claimed that they knew someone who has experienced it. The survey, which is commissioned by Research!America and the National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect (EndCAN), also showed that public awareness is poor and that it should be the first step in dealing with this public health issue.

According to almost all of the racial and ethnic groups that were surveyed, child and family agencies, state and federal governments, and law enforcement have a level of responsibility to help end child abuse. Most cities agree that state and federal government agencies should work on funding research to tackle child abuse and neglect, which includes prevention tips and intervention strategies. Non-profit organizations, schools and the private sector should also play an active role.

Child abuse has become a growing issue in the state of California. If you suspect that your child (or someone else’s child) is a victim of child abuse or neglect, you should speak with a child abuse attorney who can help you along the legal process. Contact Ramey Law P.C. today for more information.