Number of cases of child abuse in the U.S. in 2016, by type of maltreatment

Child abuse in the U.S. - cases by type of maltreatment 2016 This statistic shows the number of cases of child abuse in the U.S. in 2016, by type of substantiated maltreatment. In 2016, 122,067 cases of physical abuse were reported in the U.S.
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Number of cases
Neglect502,615
Physical abuse122,067
Sexual abuse57,329
Other46,289
Psychological maltreatment37,859
Medical neglect14,028
Unknown105
Number of cases
Neglect502,615
Physical abuse122,067
Sexual abuse57,329
Other46,289
Psychological maltreatment37,859
Medical neglect14,028
Unknown105
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This statistic shows the number of cases of child abuse in the U.S. in 2016, by type of substantiated maltreatment. In 2016, 122,067 cases of physical abuse were reported in the U.S.
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Release date
February 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016
Supplementary notes
Based on State submissions to National Child Absuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS)of alleged child abuse and neglect. NCANDS collects case level data on children who received child protective services response in the form of an investigative or alternative response. Each state has its own definition of child abuse and neglect based on standards set by federal law. Child abuse is defined as any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk or serious harm.

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