CDC report documents high cost of child abuse. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the negative effects of child maltreatment over a survivor's lifetime generate many costs that have impacts on the U.S. health care, education, criminal justice, and welfare systems. The total lifetime estimated financial costs associated with just one year of confirmed cases of child maltreatment (physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and neglect) is approximately $124 billion, according to the report. The study looked at confirmed child maltreatment cases in the United States for a 12-month period (1,740 fatal and 579,000 nonfatal cases); the costs estimated were for childhood and adult medical care, child welfare, criminal justice, special education, and productivity losses. The lifetime cost for each victim who lived was comparable to other costly health conditions, such as stroke or type 2 diabetes. The article, “The Economic Burden of Child Maltreatment in the United States and Implications for Prevention,” appears in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect and is available at www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/aip/01452134.