Child Health, Safety, and Well-being

 Child Violence and Negligence

Last Updated: November 01, 2023

​Did you know?

Child abuse and neglect are the most common forms of child maltreatment. At least 1 in 7 children have experienced child abuse and/or neglect in the past year.

More than 1 in 6 high school students reported being cyberbullied in the last year.

Child MaltreatmentExternal Link is an act by a family member or caretaker and includes several forms of ABUSE (physical, sexual, and emotional), as well as NEGLECT. It is associated with developmental delay, lower school achievement, juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, mental health problems, and long-term physical, social, and emotional problems - even death. What can you do?​External Link Report it!

  • If you are concerned about a possible maltreatment situation, contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). All calls are confidential.
  • Army resources: for a Service Member's child, Army installations offer social and behavioral advocates that can be found by searching for "child abuse" and applying filters in the Army's Community Resource GuideExternal Link.
  • For a non-Service Member's child, you may call 911 or your local police.
  • Preventing child abuse and neglect, click HERE​External Link for resources. 


Youth ViolenceExternal Link is the intentional use of physical force or power to threaten or harm others by young people ages 10-24. Youth violence can include fighting, bullying, etc. Bullying is violence on a child by other children/teenagers including physical abuse (hitting, kicking, and tripping or damaging property) and/or verbal abuse (name-calling and teasing, spreading rumors, leaving out of a group). Done through phones/computers, it's called electronic bullying or cyberbullying.

Is your child being bullied - or being a bully? Visit the CDC's Preventing BullyingExternal Link or Stop BullyingExternal Link​ websites for additional resources.