Be Informed

Child Abuse is Preventable!


Each year in Iredell County there are over 2,000 reports of child abuse and neglect. Together, we can work to reduce those numbers. We can make a difference in the lives of the children in our communities! 


  • ​Childhood maltreatment is the leading cause of childhood injuries and fatalities. Almost 5 children die each day at the hand of a caregiver.
  • ​74.9% are victims of neglect. 18.3% were physically abused. 8.6% of victims were sexually abused. 7.1% were victims of emotional abuse.
  • ​The highest rate of abuse occurs in children under one year of age. Almost 78% of fatalities were children under three years old.
  • Child abuse crosses all socioeconomic and educational levels, religions, ethnic and cultural groups.​

​*Statistics from the American Society for the Positive Care of Children

How to recognize abuse

The Child

  • ​Sudden changes in behavior or school performance
  • Lack of medical care
  • Learning difficulties not attributed to specific causes
  • Always watchful as if preparing for something bad to happen
  • Lacks adult supervision
  • Overly compliant, passive or withdrawn
  • Arrives at school/activities early, stays late and does not want to go home


The Parent

  •  Shows little concern for the child
  • Denies the existence of or blames the child for the child's problems in school or at home
  • Asks teachers or other caregivers to use harsh physical punishment if the child misbehaves
  • Sees the child as entirely bad, worthless or as a burden
  • Demands a level of physical or academic achievement that the child cannot achieve
  • Looks primarily to the child for care, attention and satisfaction of emotional needs

The Parent and Child

  •  Rarely touch or look at each other
  • Consider the relationship entirely negative
  • State that they do not like each other