The Situation

The child abuse rate in Kentucky is unacceptable, affecting kids well into adulthood.

People who suffer trauma as children experience changes to their brains' chemistry and development. These effects are long-lasting, impacting survivors’ physical and mental health. Children who have endured trauma live with increased risk of harmful behaviors, lowered self-worth and a distrust that threatens interpersonal connection with others. Without the right kind of restorative work, the cycle of abuse continues. 


In Kentucky, nearly 13 of every 1,000 kids will suffer abuse. That’s among the highest rates in the U.S. and around 60% higher than the national average.


Close to 8,250 Kentucky children are living in impermanence after being removed from their families, down from a recent all-time high.


Nearly 2,000 kids are abused or neglected in Jefferson County each year. 


Around 1 in 5 children in the U.S. struggles with an emotional or behavioral disorder each year, and too many lack access to the care they need.


People with more than four adverse childhood experiences — such as abuse — are seven times more likely to become addicted to alcohol.


On average, survivors of six or more adverse childhood experiences live 20 fewer years than those without any similar experiences.


According to the Center for Disease Control, the total lifetime cost of child abuse and neglect is estimated at $124 billion each year.