Child Abuse     [Text-only version for printing]     [back to graphical version]
The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links

By the Sweat & Toil of Children : Efforts to Eliminate Child Labor
From the department of Labor, this online document covers the topics of : international child labor, children in hazardous work, current child labor laws, access to primary education, and initiatives to combat child labor

Child Abuse : Statistics, Research, and Resources
This site, written by a psychologist and researcher in Massachusetts (last updated in May 2001), has some very thoughtful advice for anyone embarking on research into child abuse, or child sexual abuse – particularly of males.

Child Abuse Prevention Network
This Web site is for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect. Topics include child maltreatment, physical abuse, psychological maltreatment, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. Information is provided for identification, investigation, treatment, adjudication, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
This large site has many areas of interest. For frequently asked questions on child abuse, see the FAQ's ( To find statistics, click here (  Go to A to Z Index ( to search for articles and other material.  All of the items in this database are abstracts only – there is no full-text. You will need to note the journal title (or book or report title) and date and then check to see whether we subscribe to that title at Rio Hondo College Library. You may be able to find the full-text of articles in ProQuest, once you have the citation.  Finally, the Catalog ( will take you to additional reports. Single copies of stock publications are available free of charge. 

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
A summary of the important features of the statutes mandating persons to report child abuse and neglect, as well as references to statutes, articles and resources in all 50 states is contained in this Web site from a Connecticut attorney.

MEDLINEplus : Child Abuse
A guide by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.  A good starting point that provides links to information about child abuse including an overview, symptoms, prevention, research, treatment statistics, and more. 

National Center for Victims of Crime : Child Sexual Abuse
INFOLINK© is a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime. Topics covered include the victims, the abusers, incest, symptoms, and consequences of child sexual abuse. Other topics have information on how to stop the cycle of violence.

Pediatrics, Child Abuse
Child abuse information from a medical viewpoint. In addition to clinical information, there is a section on the physical examination of the abused child and causes of various types of abuse. The site includes topics on lab tests to determine abuse, treatment, and follow-up. Color photographs from actual cases are included, and a bibliography for more information.

Prevent Child Abuse America
This site is from a nationally-recognized organization devoted to preventing child abuse.  Click on "Take Action Now"
for related links. 

Project No Spank
A resource for students, parents, educators, health care professionals, policymakers, and everyone who believes that children's optimal development occurs in nurturing, violence-free environments and that every child has the right to grow and learn in such an environment."  The site asserts that children should not be excluded from the legal protections against assault and battery that apply to adults.  Links to reports, editorials, and news items discouraging the practice of spanking. 

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Mainly encyclopedic entries that include scientific, social and religious entries on this subject.

Health & Wellness Resource Center
This database offers book excerpts and magazine and journal articles on child abuse.

The "Leading Issues" feature includes 'child abuse' and provides numerous entries and graphics.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

The encyclopedia of child abuse (Facts on File library of health and living)
Call number: Ref HV6626.5.C57 2007

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Child abuse

Child labor

Child molesters -- Case studies

Child molesters -- Psychology

Child sexual abuse

Children's rights

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 4 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database. 
Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  (SUB(child abuse & neglect))  (from Peer-Reviewed Journals only)
    2.  (SUB(child abuse & neglect) and SUB(studies) )
    3.  (SUB(child abuse & neglect) and priests ) (newspaper articles)
(SUB(child abuse & neglect) and SUB(child psychology))

Researched and evaluated by:
J. Coe, M. Gaugy, Librarians 4/2000
last update: D. Yashar, Librarian 5/2010

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