Child abuse in the U.S. - number of fatalities 2017, by caregiver risk factors

Number of child fatalities due to abuse in the U.S. in 2017, by caregiver risk factors

Child abuse in the U.S. - number of fatalities 2017, by caregiver risk factors This statistic shows the number of child fatalities due to abuse or maltreatment in the U.S. in 2017, by caregiver risk factors. In 2017, total 158 child fatalities occurred in a household with a drug abuse risk factor.
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Number of child fatalities due to abuse in the U.S. in 2017, by caregiver risk factors

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Selected risk factorsNumber of victims
Drug abuse158
Financial problem106
Domestic Violence96
Alcohol abuse44
Selected risk factorsNumber of victims
Drug abuse158
Financial problem106
Domestic Violence96
Alcohol abuse44
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This statistic shows the number of child fatalities due to abuse or maltreatment in the U.S. in 2017, by caregiver risk factors. In 2017, total 158 child fatalities occurred in a household with a drug abuse risk factor.
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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.

Only 26 states reported data for alcohol abuse caregiver risk factor, 30 states for drug abuse caregiver risk factor, 27 states for financial problem caregiver risk factor, and 30 states for domestic violence caregiver risk factor.
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