In Australia, 1 child every 13 minutes suffers from physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.
Prevalence decrease with age, highest rate among infants.
- Girls are twice as likely to experience sexual abuse.
- Boys are more likely to experience physical and emotional abuse, and neglect.
Types of substantiated abuse:
- 43% emotional abuse
- 26% neglect
- 18% physical abuse
- 13% sexual abuse.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are 7 times more likely to experience child abuse.
- 43,400 children and young people live in out-of-home care due to child abuse.
- More than half the children in out-of-home care are under 9 years of age.
Indicators of child abuse or harm
- Unexpected bruises
- Presence of sexually transmitted diseases
- Substance abuse
- Physical signs of self-harming
- Speech disorders
- Poor hygiene
- Distrust of adults
- Aggressive behaviour
- Sleeping difficulty
- Overly obedient
- Inappropriate clothing
Child abuse infographic (large)
Developed by Safer Community, Victoria University
Sources: Act for Kids, 2015; Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2016; Queensland Government, 2016.