Child Abuse in Wisconsin
The definition of child abuse varies slightly state by state. In Wisconsin, child abuse is generally divided into several categories including physical, sexual, emotional, and neglect.
In Wisconsin, in 2016 there were 42,522 reports of child abuse, including:
831 substantiated cases of physical abuse
1,026 substantiated cases of sexual abuse
3,419 substantiated cases of neglect
24 substantiated cases of emotional damage/abuse
22 substantiated cases of child death due to child abuse or neglect (the majority of those children were under 3 years of age)
Source: Wisconsin Department of Children & Families, Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Report
In Brown County alone last year, there were 183 confirmed cases of child abuse. Having a Child Advocacy Center in our community allows us to provide a more effective and efficient way to help children heal, while holding the offender accountable. It provides a centralized location for community professionals to come together as we strive to protect our children and keep them safe from harm.