Delayed Disclosure of Alleged Child Abuse Victims in Israel


School of Social Work, University of Haifa, Haifa 31905, Israel. E-mail:


This study identifies characteristics of alleged child abuse victims that are associated with delayed disclosure of abuse. The database includes all alleged victims investigated in Israel between 1998 and 2004. Analyses suggest that most children delay disclosure and that delay is associated with type of abuse, child's age and gender, relationship to suspect and characteristics of abusive event.