World Health Organization
Changing the face of violence prevention

Child abuse and neglect

Millions of children suffer abuse and neglect at the hands of their parents and other caregivers. Globally, a history of child sexual abuse is estimated to cause 4-5% of depression, alcohol abuse and drug abuse in men and 7-8% in women.

Examples of effective prevention strategies include home visits and parent training during early childhood, which can prevent up to 40% of child abuse and neglect in families at risk of maltreatment.

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