Child abuse rate in the U.S. in 2016, by race/ethnicity of the victim

Child abuse rate in the U.S. - victims by race/ethnicity 2016 This statistic shows the child abuse rate in the U.S. in 2016, by race/ethnicity . In 2016, the child abuse rate for children of Hispanic origin was at 8.0, indicating 8 out of 1,000 Hispanic children in the U.S. suffered from some sort of abuse.
Child abuse in the U.S.

The child abuse rate in the United States is highest among African-American victims with a rate of 14.5 cases per 1,000 children. It is most common among children between two to five years of age, with about 167 thousand cases reported in 2016. Child abuse cases are fairly evenly distributed between girls and boys . However, more boys than girls were victims of abuse resulting in death. The most common type of maltreatment was neglect, with about 503 thousand cases in the country, followed by physical abuse with 122 thousand cases. Child abuse is often reported by teachers, law enforcement officers, or social service providers. In the large majority of cases, the perpetrators of abuse were a parent of the victim.
Risk factors, such as teen pregnancy, violent crime, and poverty that are associated with abuse and neglect have been found to be quite high in the United States in comparison to other countries.
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Rate per 1,000 children
American Indian or Alaska Native14.2
African-American13.9
Multiple race11.2
Pacific Islander8.6
White8.1
Hispanic8
Asian1.6
Rate per 1,000 children
American Indian or Alaska Native14.2
African-American13.9
Multiple race11.2
Pacific Islander8.6
White8.1
Hispanic8
Asian1.6
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This statistic shows the child abuse rate in the U.S. in 2016, by race/ethnicity . In 2016, the child abuse rate for children of Hispanic origin was at 8.0, indicating 8 out of 1,000 Hispanic children in the U.S. suffered from some sort of abuse.
Child abuse in the U.S.

The child abuse rate in the United States is highest among African-American victims with a rate of 14.5 cases per 1,000 children. It is most common among children between two to five years of age, with about 167 thousand cases reported in 2016. Child abuse cases are fairly evenly distributed between girls and boys . However, more boys than girls were victims of abuse resulting in death. The most common type of maltreatment was neglect, with about 503 thousand cases in the country, followed by physical abuse with 122 thousand cases. Child abuse is often reported by teachers, law enforcement officers, or social service providers. In the large majority of cases, the perpetrators of abuse were a parent of the victim.
Risk factors, such as teen pregnancy, violent crime, and poverty that are associated with abuse and neglect have been found to be quite high in the United States in comparison to other countries.
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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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