Little Voices: Characteristics of Child Victims of Maltreatment/Abuse and Neglect

Pamela Maier Evans, University of California, Davis

Many victims of abuse and neglect are not ever categorized as crime victims, as the crimes against them may never have been documented or prosecuted; nevertheless, children are referred for treatment to address reactive issues of the offenses done to them. This paper examines the characteristics of children in foster care who are brought into treatment at the University California Davis, Child and Adolescent Resource (CAARE) Diagnostic and Treatment Center at UC Davis Medical Center. The database of children is examined to determine common characteristics of children and their environmental backgrounds. Early analyses show common elements of medical illnesses, mental health problems, developmental delays and emotional and/or behavioral problems.

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