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Facts about Child Abuse

  • New Zealand has the fifth worst child abuse record out of 31 OECD Countries.
  • On average one child is killed every 5 weeks.
    • Most of these children are under five and the largest group is less than a year old.
  • Ninety percent of all child deaths are perpetrated by someone the child knew.
  • Nearly 9,000 children per year are born “at risk” (1 in every 30).

  • 148 659 reports of concern to Child, Youth and Family during year end June 2013.  Of these
    • 57 766 were Police family violence referrals
    • 61 877 required further action
    • 22 984 substantiated child abuse
    • 18 595 distinct children and young people with findings of abuse Child abuse costs NZ $2 billion but the real cost is to the children
  • Child Abuse costs NZ around $2 billion each year.

  • Studies have found abused and neglected children to be at least 25 percent more likely to experience problems such as delinquency, teen pregnancy, low academic achievement, drug use and mental health problems. 1


1. Kelley, B. T., Thornberry, T. P., & Smith, C. A. (1997). In the wake of childhood maltreatment. Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice. Retrieved April 27, 2006, from http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/165257.pdf