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North Carolina Child Abuse & Neglect Statistics


2012 North Carolina CAC Statistics

  • Abuse disclosure6,727 Total new child abuse cases investigated through the children's advocacy center (CAC) model (an increase of 4.2% over 2011)
  • The combined successful prosecution rate of child abuse cases in NC counties that have a children's advocacy center is 90.6%
  • 7,401 abused children received unduplicated services through a CAC
  • 5,183 forensic interviews were conducted at CACs by or for child protective services and local law enforcement agencies.
  • 1,544 abused children received mental health therapy at a CAC.
  • 2,913 sexually abused children received a medical evaluation at a CAC.
  • In 2012, there were 7,626 new child abuse cases investigated through CACs saving local NC communities and state agencies $7,043,169. This is based on a 2005 cost-benefit analysis done in 2005 by the University of Alabama comparing communities utilizing the CAC approach to communities that did not have a CAC. They found that traditional investigations were 36% more expensive than a CAC investigation. The average per case cost of a CAC investigation was $2,902 compared to $3,949 for a non-CAC investigation.

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