About This Statistic
This statistic shows the child abuse rate in the U.S. in 2015, by race/ethnicity . In 2015, the child abuse rate for children of Hispanic origin was at 8.4, indicating 8.4 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 14.6 cases per 1,000 children. It is most common among children between two to five years of age, with a total of almost 180,000 cases reported in 2013. Child abuse cases are fairly evenly distributed between girls and boys , however, the number of cases leading to fatalities were more likely in boys. The most common type of maltreatment is neglect, totaling almost 540,000 cases in the country, while physical abuse accounted for over 122,000 cases. Often, child abuse cases are reported by teachers, law enforcement officers, or social service providers. In the large majority of cases, the perpetrators of abuse were the 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. However, the total number of reported cases of child abuse reached a high of 904,666 in 2001 and had fallen to 753,655 cases in 2010. Countries with more social programs such as child care, universal health care, and parental leave tend to have much lower rates of abuse.