Incidence of Child Abuse in Oregon
Last year, more than 10,000 Oregon children were involved in cases of abuse or neglect with over half involving children 6 years or younger. And yet research shows that child abuse and neglect can be prevented if we strengthen families at risk. Improved parental resilience, understanding of child development and parenting skills, and concrete supports in times of need all can help to defuse situations that can lead to abuse and neglect. 10,000 is the equivalent of 170 school buses full of children, and that’s 170 buses too many.
Prevalence of Child Abuse in Oregon
- Over 10,000 Oregon children were confirmed victims of abuse in 2013—or the equivalent of more than 170 school buses full of children. Nearly half of these children were under the age of six.
- There were almost 28,000 investigations of suspected child abuse in Oregon during 2013. More than twice as many reports of suspected abuse were made in the same year.
- Drug and/or alcohol abuse represents the largest single-family stressor is almost 45% of abused children’s families.
- Financial distress and domestic violence combined are the next two most prevalent family stressors in nearly 58% of abused children’s families.
- 10 children in Oregon died from abuse in 2013. Seventy percent of these children were under the age of 5.  ] Furthermore, five of the children that died were younger than one year old.
- Threat of harm was the most common type of maltreatment experienced by victims (44% of incidents), followed closely by neglect (40.6% of incidents).
Updated data on child abuse victims and reports are from the Oregon Department of Human Services, 2013 Child Welfare Data Book (pdf).
 Oregon Department of Human Services, 2013 Child Welfare Data Book (pdf)