Study from the CDC: Cost of Child Abuse and Neglect Rival Other Major Public Health Problems.
Excerpt: Child maltreatment is a serious and prevalent public health problem in the United States. In fiscal year 2008, U.S. state and local child protective services (CPS) received more than 3M reports of children being abused or neglected or about 6 complaints/minute, every day. An estimated 772,000 children were classified by CPS authorities as being maltreated and 1,740 children aged 0 to 17 died from abuse and neglect in 2008.
The financial costs for victims and society are substantial. A recent CDC study found the total lifetime estimated financial costs associated with just 1 year of confirmed cases of child maltreatment (physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and neglect) is approximately $124B.
Published in Child Abuse and Neglect, The International Journal, the study looked at confirmed child maltreatment cases -- 1,740 fatal and 579,000 non-fatal for a 12-month period. Findings show each death due to child maltreatment had a lifetime cost of about $1.3M, almost all of it in money that the child would have earned over a lifetime if he or she had lived.