Child abuse in the U.S. - perpetrators by state 2018

This statistic shows the number of perpetrators in child abuse cases in the United States in 2018, by state. In 2018, about 780 perpetrators in Wyoming were reported.

Number of perpetrators in child abuse cases in the United States in 2018, by state

Total number of perpetrators
California58,362
New York54,550
Texas49,563
Michigan30,705
Florida27,844
Illinois22,275
Massachusetts20,750
Ohio20,567
Indiana20,159
Kentucky17,400
Arizona15,395
South Carolina14,350
Oklahoma12,929
Colorado10,253
Oregon9,486
Tennessee9,116
Alabama8,791
Georgia8,629
Iowa8,529
Mississippi8,252
Louisiana7,983
Utah7,784
Arkansas7,424
New Mexico6,832
Maryland6,507
Connecticut6,292
West Virginia6,252
Minnesota5,617
Missouri5,108
Virginia5,074
Pennsylvania4,865
New Jersey4,589
Nevada4,168
Wisconsin4,031
Washington3,881
North Carolina3,409
Puerto Rico3,347
Maine3,021
Rhode Island2,846
Montana2,704
Kansas2,594
Alaska2,032
Nebraska1,909
Idaho1,774
North Dakota1,558
New Hampshire1,154
District of Columbia1,136
Hawaii1,098
Delaware976
South Dakota933
Vermont782
Wyoming780
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Sources

Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

A perpetrator is defined as a person who was determined to have caused or knowingly allowed the maltreatment of a child.

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.

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