What are the costsinflicted onsociety as a result of child abuse and child maltreatment?
There are both direct and indirect costs imposed on society as a result of child abuse and child maltreatment. Child maltreatment and child abuse directly increases the incidence of infant and child mortality. Child abuse increases the need for special education programs, protective agencies and services, foster care services, juvenille and adult criminal agencies, jails and psychiatric services. Prevention of child abuse not only lowers the overall burden to society but reduces criminal activity in communities.