Why the study is so important:
The Australian Child Maltreatment Study (ACMS) is a landmark Australian study of the prevalence of child maltreatment. We have generated essential data on how many Australians five types of child maltreatment (physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic violence). The findings will inform policy and practice reforms to reduce child abuse and neglect in Australia.
The study is also important globally as it is one of the most comprehensive studies on child maltreatment ever conducted. The ACMS will survey 8500 Australians aged 16 years and over to determine how many Australian people have experienced child abuse and neglect. However, it extends beyond basic prevalence by examining associations with a range of physical and mental health outcomes as well as the burden of disease.
More about the study
The Impact of Child Abuse and Neglect
Child abuse and neglect has a significant negative impact on people's lives. Its influence extends far beyond the trauma it may inflict during childhood, and can affect an individual throughout the whole course of their lives. There are consequences for their physical and mental health, adult relationships, and other aspects fundamental to a person’s well-being.
Reducing the number of children who experience abuse and neglect will not only protect Australian children but will also contribute to a healthy well-functioning society. How people respond to various forms of maltreatment can vary dramatically and some people struggle more than others. If you feel you may benefit from support please contact one of the services listed here:
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The ACMS is proud to partner with the National Health and Medical Research Council, The Social Research Centre, and the Australian Government on this important project. For more information about our partners please click here.