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Child abuse rate in the U.S. - victims by race/ethnicity 2019

This statistic shows the child abuse rate in the United States in 2019, by race/ethnicity. In 2019, the child abuse rate for children of Hispanic origin was at 8.1, indicating 8.1 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 American Indian or Alaska Native victims with a rate of 15.2 cases per 1,000 children. It is most common among children between two to five years of age, with about 165,016 cases reported in 2019. 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 411,969 cases in the country, followed by multiple maltreatment types with 105,322 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.

Child abuse rate in the United States in 2019, by race/ethnicity of the victim

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Release date

January 2021


United States

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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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