Child abuse is a persistent and unfortunate problem both in the United States and abroad, and has wide public health implications. Both the short and long-term physical and mental health of children can be affected by abuse. We know this, because of the association between those abused as a child and subsequent psychological disorders, teen pregnancy and sexual risk-taking and substance abuse.
For those within the University of Michigan community involved in research, prevention and treatment of abused children, there is a helpful resource called Violence and Abuse Abstracts. While the name of this database isn’t particularly appealing, the breadth and quality of the resources contained within makes it worth searching for scholarly articles on “all aspects of violence and abuse, including family violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.”
Violence and Abuse Abstracts is freely accessible to people affiliated with U of M, but the US government also houses a large repository of statistics, reports and topical information at the Child Welfare Information Gateway that are available to anyone with internet access. This website is maintained by the US Department of Health and Human Services, which funds and directs this child welfare research and reporting.
These two resources can provide a wide-ranging insight into child abuse and neglect challenges and solutions for public health professionals.