Child abuse in the U.S. - number of fatalities 2007-2018

This statistic shows the number of child fatalities due to abuse or maltreatment in the United States from 2007 to 2018. In 2018, about 1,738 children died due to abuse.

Number of child fatalities due to abuse or maltreatment in the United States from 2007 to 2018

Number of victims
20181,738
20171,678
20161,708
20151,603
20141,585
20131,551
20121,621
20111,575
20101,563
20091,685
20081,666
20071,608
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Sources

Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2007 to 2018

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.

Numbers shown here are based on reports of 44-51 out of 52 U.S. states.
Data for years 2007 to 2013 has been taken from previous releases.

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