Child abuse in the U.S. - number of fatalities 2017, by perpetrator relationship

Number of child fatalities due to abuse or maltreatment in the U.S. in 2017, by perpetrator relationship

Child abuse in the U.S. - number of fatalities 2017, by perpetrator relationship This statistic shows the number of child fatalities due to abuse or maltreatment in the U.S. in 2017, by perpetrator relationship. In 2017, around 271 children died due to abuse by their mother and father.
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Number of child fatalities due to abuse or maltreatment in the U.S. in 2017, by perpetrator relationship

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Number of victims
Mother410
Mother and Father271
Father208
Mother and Nonparent(s)145
Other 61
Relative43
More than One Nonparental Perpetrator 31
Mother, Father, and Nonparent28
Child Daycare Provider28
Partner of Parent26
Foster Parent 6
Friend or Neighbor 4
Group Home and Residential Facility Staff 4
Legal Guardian 1
Other Professional 0
Number of victims
Mother410
Mother and Father271
Father208
Mother and Nonparent(s)145
Other 61
Relative43
More than One Nonparental Perpetrator 31
Mother, Father, and Nonparent28
Child Daycare Provider28
Partner of Parent26
Foster Parent 6
Friend or Neighbor 4
Group Home and Residential Facility Staff 4
Legal Guardian 1
Other Professional 0
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This statistic shows the number of child fatalities due to abuse or maltreatment in the U.S. in 2017, by perpetrator relationship. In 2017, around 271 children died due to abuse by their mother and father.
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Release date
January 2019
Region
United States
Survey time period
2017
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 43 out of 52 U.S. states.
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