The National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect (EndCAN) aims to change the national conversation on the topic to emphasize the health impact of abuse and neglect. Research!America’s Vice President of Communications Suzanne Ffolkes joined the foundation’s co-founders Dr. Richard Krugman and Lori Poland and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper at the State Capitol on June 18 to launch the foundation and release a national public opinion survey.
Across populations, a strong majority of respondents view child abuse and neglect as a public health problem in the U.S. with 81% of Hispanics, 76% of non-Hispanic whites, 74% of African-Americans and 67% of Asians in agreement. Respondents also say child abuse and neglect is a problem in their local communities and state and federal governments should fund research to better understand, prevent and intervene in child abuse and neglect.
Identifying causes of abusive behavior and treatment to stop it, and best treatments for victims of abuse and neglect should be research priorities, according to survey respondents. “It is not just a social and legal issue, but a major health, mental health and public health problem,” said Governor Hickenlooper. “The approach that EndCAN will bring to this issue is sure to make a difference.”
For more information on the survey, click here.