Child abuse in the U.S. - reported victims by state 2018

This statistic shows the number of unique victims of child abuse in the United States in 2018, by state. In 2018, about 12,158 unique victims of child abuse were reported in Alabama.

Number of unique victims of child abuse in the United States in 2018, by state

Number of cases
New York 68,785
California 63,795
Texas 63,271
Michigan 37,703
Florida 36,795
Illinois 31,515
Massachusetts 25,812
Indiana 25,731
Ohio 25,158
Kentucky 23,752
South Carolina 19,130
Arizona 15,504
Oklahoma 15,355
Oregon 12,581
Alabama 12,158
Colorado 11,879
Iowa 11,764
Georgia 11,090
Utah 10,122
Mississippi 10,002
Louisiana 9,380
Tennessee 9,186
Arkansas 8,538
New Mexico 8,024
Minnesota 7,785
Maryland 7,743
Connecticut 7,652
West Virginia 6,946
North Carolina 6,502
Virginia 6,132
New Jersey 6,008
Missouri 5,662
Nevada 5,162
Wisconsin 5,017
Pennsylvania 4,695
Washington 4,498
Puerto Rico 4,381
Montana 3,763
Rhode Island 3,644
Maine 3,481
Kansas 3,188
Nebraska 2,635
Alaska 2,615
North Dakota 2,097
Idaho 1,919
District of Columbia 1,699
South Dakota 1,426
New Hampshire 1,331
Hawaii 1,265
Delaware 1,251
Wyoming 1,044
Vermont 958
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Release date

January 2020


United States

Survey time period


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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