Report Abuse
To report abuse, please call 1.800.572.6200 (KY) or 1.800.572.6200 (IN).


Family and Community Resources

More about child maltreatment.

There are five types of child maltreatment: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical neglect, and emotional neglect. Family & Children’s Place seeks to prevent potential abuse, stop current abuse, and heal those who have been impacted. In Kentucky and Indiana, the need is urgent: Kentucky has the highest rate of child abuse and neglect in the country, and Indiana is close at fifteenth.

  • The local and national data is sobering:

    • In 2018, a total of 49,483 children in Kentucky and Indiana were abused or neglected.
    • Out of every 1,000 children, 24 in Kentucky are abused or neglected. In Indiana, it’s 16 children out of every 1,000.
    • 78% of children who have been abused or neglected were hurt by a parent.
    • Five children die from abuse or neglect every single day in the United States.
    • Children under the age of four account for 82% of all deaths from abuse and neglect.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)

Research shows that abuse and neglect affect children beyond the traumatizing event or events. It stays with them for a lifetime. Trauma is cyclical, getting passed down from generation to generation, and it’s often the seed that grows into our community’s most pressing issues, including mental illness, addiction, homelessness, and crime. About 61% of adults report that they’ve experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE).

  • Children who experience two ACEs are:

    • Four times as likely to be an alcoholic.
    • Twice as likely to suffer from chronic depression.
    • Twice as likely to have a serious problem working.
  • Adults who report four or more ACEs are:

    • Twice as likely to be diagnosed with cancer.
    • Four times as likely to experience depression.
    • Seven times as likely to be an alcoholic.
    • Twelve times as likely to die by suicide.

These stark numbers are the real-life consequences of child abuse and neglect.
We can do better. We must do better.

Helpful Resources


  • Prevent

    How to protect children (American Psychological Association)

  • Prevent

    Resources for parents about sexual abuse (Darkness to Light)

  • Prevent

    Creating a healthy bond with your baby (HelpGuide)

  • Prevent

    Statistics and trends on child maltreatment (Child Welfare Information Gateway)


  • Stop

    What to do when a child discloses abuse or neglect (ChildHelp)


  • Heal

    Different types of treatment for childhood trauma (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)