Child abuse and neglect is an important societal concern in the United States. A better understanding of the problem can prevent future child abuse and neglect.
6 million children are involved in reports to child protective services, and many more go undetected.
Child abuse and neglect is defined as an act or failure to act by a parent, caregiver, or other person defined by state law that results in physical abuse, neglect, medical neglect, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or presents an imminent risk of harm to the child.
via Institute of Medicine