Number of child abuse victims in the U.S. in 2016, by perpetrator relationship

Child abuse in the U.S. - number of victims by perpetrator relationship 2016 This statistic shows the number of child abuse victims in the U.S. in 2016, by perpetrator relationship. In 2016, about 129,165 children in the U.S. were abused by both their mother and father.
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Relationship to childNumber of victims
Mother254,231
Father136,734
Mother and father129,165
Mother and Nonparent(s)43,480
Relative (male)19,246
Other17,175
Partner of parent (male)16,864
Relative (female)10,070
Father and Nonparent(s)7,277
More than one nonparental perpetrator6,951
Mother, Father, and Nonparent6,173
Friend and neighbor4,822
Child daycare provider2,104
Partner of parent (female)1,893
Foster parent1,539
Group home and residential facility staff1,498
Legal guardian1,484
Other professional985
Relationship to childNumber of victims
Mother254,231
Father136,734
Mother and father129,165
Mother and Nonparent(s)43,480
Relative (male)19,246
Other17,175
Partner of parent (male)16,864
Relative (female)10,070
Father and Nonparent(s)7,277
More than one nonparental perpetrator6,951
Mother, Father, and Nonparent6,173
Friend and neighbor4,822
Child daycare provider2,104
Partner of parent (female)1,893
Foster parent1,539
Group home and residential facility staff1,498
Legal guardian1,484
Other professional985

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This statistic shows the number of child abuse victims in the U.S. in 2016, by perpetrator relationship. In 2016, about 129,165 children in the U.S. were abused by both their mother and father.
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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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