Child Abuse and Neglect


Children who experience physical or mental abuse or neglect face numerous challenges as they develop, and these difficulties often worsen if and when they reach adulthood. RAND research on child abuse and neglect includes studies on the physical and mental effects on children, preventing and reporting child abuse, exposure to violence in foster care, and disparities among sociodemographic groups.

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    Preventing Domestic Abuse in the U.S. Armed Forces

    Domestic abuse has severe consequences for service members, their families and, potentially, unit readiness. What strategies could help prevent domestic abuse before it occurs and help the military with communication to reach individuals who might have risk factors for domestic abuse?

    May 16, 2023

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    Labor Trafficking in the United States

    The U.S. Department of State has estimated that 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year to perform bonded or forced labor. The dimensions of this problem are growing, making it more challenging to study and address.

    May 9, 2023

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