Child Abuse Cases in Colorado
The Department of Human Services recently released the 2009 report on child abuse and neglect. In 2008, the state investigated nearly 40,000 cases of child abuse and neglect. The state of Colorado confirmed 10,698 cases of child abuse in 2008, with nearly 60 percent of all children living in the Denver Metro Area.
Last year in Colorado, 32 children died from child abuse. Comparing child abuse deaths in 2008 to previous years, the number rose slightly from the past few years, with 27 in 2007, 24 in 2006, 20 in 2005, 35 in 2004 and 27 in 2003.
Increase in Child Abuse Deaths
Why has the number of child abuse deaths steadily increased since 2005? Statistically, child abuse increases as economic hardships increase. Seventy percent of all maltreatment cases are due to neglect.
What Can You Do to Help?
With nearly 11,000 confirmed cases of child abuse in Colorado, the situation seems pretty hopeless. Where do you start and how can you make an impact? Anyone can and should report suspected child abuse or neglect. If you think a child is being mistreated, take immediate action.
We can all help prevent child abuse by recognizing the risk factors, protecting children who are at risk and supporting families who are experiencing stressors. Reporting the situation may protect the child and get additional help for the family.