Emotional Child Abuse

By Annika Tuuling & Kaley Sun


  • Over 3 million reports of child abuse every year in the U.S.

  • U.S. has one of the worst records among industrialized nations, losing an average of 4-7 children every day to child abuse and neglect

  • A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds

  • 80% of child abusers are the parents of the abused child

  • 82% of child abusers are 18-44 years old


There a four main types of child abuse.

  • Physical Abuse - non-accidental trauma or physical injury caused by punching, beating, kicking, biting, burning, or otherwise harming a child.
  • Sexual Abuse - sexually harassing a child, masturbating in front of or performing intercourse with a child
  • Emotional Abuse - belittling, shaming, or verbally threatening a child in a way that affects their cognitive, emotional, psychological, or social functions
  • Neglect - ignoring, isolating a child, refuses to respond to child's needs


  • Public service announcements encouraging positive parenting

  • Parent support groups that help parents deal with everyday stress and responsibilities of parenting

  • Mental health services for children and families affected by child abuse and neglect to improve communication and function with the family

Resources For Help

Prevent Child Abuse America:

312-663-3520 or email mailbox@preventchildabuse.org