Child abuse in the U.S. - distribution by age of victim 2017

Number of cases of child abuse in the U.S. in 2017, by age of victim

Child abuse in the U.S. - distribution by age of victim 2017 This statistic shows the number of cases of child abuse in the U.S. in 2017, by age of victim. In 2017, a total number of 147,300 children aged one year and younger were abused in the United States.
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Number of cases of child abuse in the U.S. in 2017, by age of victim

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Number of cases
1 year and younger147,300
2 to 5 years old166,392
6 to 9 years old 146,435
10 to 13 years old116,980
14 to 17 years old93,955
Unborn, unknown, 18-21 year olds2,768
Number of cases
1 year and younger147,300
2 to 5 years old166,392
6 to 9 years old 146,435
10 to 13 years old116,980
14 to 17 years old93,955
Unborn, unknown, 18-21 year olds2,768
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This statistic shows the number of cases of child abuse in the U.S. in 2017, by age of victim. In 2017, a total number of 147,300 children aged one year and younger were abused in the United States.
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Release date
January 2019
Region
United States
Survey time period
2017
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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