Child abuse in the U.S. - number of fatalities, by race/ethnicity 2018

This statistic shows the number of child fatalities due to abuse or maltreatment in the United States in 2018, by race/ethnicity. In 2018, around 206 Hispanic children died due to abuse.

Number of child fatalities due to abuse or maltreatment in the United States in 2018, by race/ethnicity

Number of victims
White576
African-American470
Hispanic206
Two or more races81
Unknown75
American Indian or Alaska Native15
Asian10
Pacific Islander2
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Sources

Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

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.

Values include only those states that reported both victim race and ethnicity.

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