Child abuse in the U.S. - cases by type of maltreatment 2018

This statistic shows the number of cases of child abuse in the United States in 2018, by type of substantiated maltreatment. In 2018, 172,814 cases of physical abuse of children were reported in the United States.

Number of cases of child abuse in the United States in 2018, by type of maltreatment

Number of cases
Neglect411,969
Multiple maltreatment types105,322
Physical abuse72,814
Sexual abuse47,124
Other18,542
Psychological maltreatment15,605
Medical neglect5,720
Sex trafficking339
Unknown94
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Sources

Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

Based on State submissions to National Child Abuse 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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