April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Fatherhood Educational Institute (http://fatherhood-edu.org) encourages responsible fatherhood in the prevention of child abuse not just in April, but in every month.
Research demonstrates that father absence is associated with higher rates of child abuse and neglect. Boyfriends of the mother in single-mother households were responsible for 67% of the reported cases of child abuse. In cases of child sexual abuse the majority of children lived in disrupted or single-parent homes. 27% of abused children live with either a stepfather or the mother’s boyfriend. In addition, children who live in father-absent homes are at 77% greater risk of being physically abused and 120% more likely to be endangered by maltreatment.