THE ECONOMICS OF CHILD ABUSE

A STUDY OF SAN FRANCISCO

 

“The Economics of Child Abuse: A Study of San Francisco” is a first-of-its-kind report quantifying the economic cost of child abuse to the San Francisco community. The report was created by the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center in collaboration with Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Executive Summary     the FULL report

 

“Although we have quantified the cost of a child abuse victim, it’s impossible to quantify the impact of abuse to a child, their family and our community — with one single case our society has been degraded. This report proves that not only morally, but fiscally, it is our mandate as a community to end child abuse once and for all.”
— Katie Albright

KEY FINDINGS:

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Economics of Abuse Infographic

– Estimated lifetime cost per victim of child abuse in San Francisco is $400,533
– The total estimated costs associated with one year of substantiated cases of child abuse in San Francisco is $301.6 million.
– Given significant under-reporting of child abuse, the total economic cost could be as high as $5.6 billion.
– San Francisco has community risk factors that make its residents more susceptible to abuse, including: impact of economic instability and homelessness, emigration and immigration, low number of families and young children.
– Strengthening protective factors — parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting, and social / emotional competence of children — is critical to preventing child abuse.

 


TOOLS FOR SHARING:

Sample Tweets:
– Fascinating new report by @sfcapc about the Economics of Child Abuse in SF. It’s time to cut the #CostOfAbuse http://sfcapc.org/CostInfographic
– Child Abuse costs SF $301.6M each year. It’s time we protect children & cut the #CostOfAbuse. New report by @sfcapc http://sfcapc.org/CostOfAbuse

Sample Facebook Post:
– Interesting new report by the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center about the Economics of Child Abuse. One year of child abuse victims costs the community $301.6M. http://sfcapc.org/CostOfAbuse
– Infographic by the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center about the Economics of Child Abuse & the cost to the San Francisco Community. http://sfcapc.org/CostInfographic

Sample Instagram Post:
– Interesting infographic quantifying the cost of child abuse in San Francisco: $301.6M each year. It’s time to cut the #CostOfAbuse http://sfcapc.org/CostInfographic

Images:

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PRESS:

“The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center released the first-ever report on the cost of child abuse Thursday, calculating how much the crime costs the community.”San Francisco Examiner

“Child maltreatment is often measured by lives forever scarred by trauma and families torn apart, but a new study estimates that each case of abuse also carries a hefty price tag.”Chronicle of Social Change

“When hearing about child abuse, many people immediately point the finger at parents, but research clearly shows that a child can only be healthy in a healthy family, and a family can only be healthy in a healthy community.”ACES Connection


with deep appreciation to:

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