Report Estimates Economic Costs of Child Maltreatment

A report by the Perryman Group provides a new estimate of economic aspects and costs of child maltreatment. The study analyzed 2014 national data related to lifetime social and social welfare costs and lost earnings due to non-fatal maltreatment. The cost of maltreatment has been associated with health-care expenses, social welfare services, criminal justice, and education.unnamed

Findings include:
Overall health-care costs increased during childhood and resulted in a loss of approximately $270.9 billion in the production of goods and services;
Individual occurrences of first-time child maltreatment cost the national economy about $1.8 million in total expenditures; and
Overall, additional social welfare costs resulted in a loss of approximately $42.5 billion in production of goods and services.