There are many forms of child maltreatment, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, exploitation, or any other act that could put a child at risk.
Statistics & Facts
- Approximately 6.6 million children came to the attention of child protective services agencies in 2014 (Children’s Bureau, 2014)
- In 2015, there were 51,656 reports of abuse and neglect in New York City (NYC City Council, 2015)
- The most common forms of abuse and maltreatment reported to CPS agencies are neglect and physical abuse, 75% of the children reported to CPS are neglect cases (Children’s Bureau, 2014)
- 17% are physical abuse cases (Children’s Bureau, 2014)
- Young children are the most vulnerable to child abuse o 47% of victims of child abuse were 5 years old or younger (Children’s Bureau, 2014)
Child Abuse Perpetrator Statistics
- 54.1% of child abuse perpetrators were women (Children’s Bureau, 2014)
- 44.8% of child abuse perpetrators were men (Children’s Bureau, 2014)
Fatalities from Child Abuse
- 1,580 children died of child abuse and neglect in the United States in 2014.
- This is a rate of 2.13 deaths per 1,000 children (Children’s Bureau, 2014).
- Over 70% of these fatalities occurred among children who were younger than 3 years old (Children’s Bureau, 2014).
- Boys have a higher fatality rate than girls, with maltreatment-related fatalities occurring at a rate of 2.48 per 100,000 boys compared to 1.82 fatalities per 100,000 girls.
- 43% of child fatalities occurred among White children
- 30% occurred among African-American children
- 15% occurred among Hispanic children. (Children’s Bureau, 2014)
- Nearly 80% of child fatalities in the United States involved at least one parent as the perpetrator (Children’s Bureau, 2014)
Economic Impact of Child Abuse
- The cost of addressing child maltreatment is approximately $124 billion (The Centers for Disease Control, 2012)