Transforming Lives & Changing the Data
Every five minutes, a child dies of violent death
somewhere in the world.
Multilateral Impacts of Trauma : Facts & Data
Around 70% of the youth in need of mental health & psychosocial support and treatment have no access to it.
Child maltreatment increases the odds by 49% for the development of 9 out of 13 non-communicable diseases (NCDs) during adulthood such as high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, stroke, bowel disease, migraine headaches, or even back problems.
An estimated 5-8% of global GDP represents the cost* of the violence inflicted on children with corresponding loss of return in investment in health, education and nutrition.
Studies on South African countries shows a 6-8% overall profit cuts from adulthood combined impacts of child abuse.
In Australia, between 2012 and 2022, the cost* of violence against children is estimated to represent the sum of 211 million Australian dollars.
In the United States, 80% of young adults who had been abused as a child are diagnosed with at least one psychiatric disorder by age 21.
70% of children living in UK refuges in 2013 have been abused by their father, even if "only" 30% of refugee children will require constant Mental Health & Psychosocial Support post-arrival in the host country.
Child maltreatment linked to loss of productivity in adulthood in high-income countries is estimated at 656 million dollars in a country such as the United States.
Addressing and treating the consequences of trauma
and childhood adverse life events early in life can break the
cycle of intergenerational violence as well as the prevalence of
genetic transmission of victimization. This way, new generations
could maybe consider their future under a new light, beyond
the biologically inherited genetic blueprint.
(*) is comprised and interlinked in the term "cost" the multilayered impacts of physical, psychological abuse, loss of productivity, health and juvenile repression costs, dangerous and illegal child labor outcomes and many other parameters difficult to record.
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-Goldman et al. (2003) A Coordinated response to child abuse and neglect: the Foundation of Practice. Washington, DC: Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Bureau
-Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (2002) Rapport Mondial sur la Violence et la Santé. Geneve,Suisse
-Pereznieto, P. et al. (2014) The cost and economic impact of violence against children. Overseas Development Institute (ODI ) and Child Fund Alliance Report.
-Women's Aid (2013) Statistics about Domestic Violence. London: Women's Aid