Number of perpetrators in child abuse cases in the U.S. in 2016, by relationship to victim

Child abuse in the U.S. - perpetrators by relationship to victim 2016 This statistic shows the number of perpetrators in child abuse cases in the U.S. in 2016, by relationship to their victim. In 2016, around 394,434 perpetrators were a biological parent of their victim.
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Number of perpetrators
Parent394,434
Other relative31,670
Multiple relationships21,074
Other19,273
Unmarried partner or parent18,303
Unknown11,921
Friend and neighbor5,230
Child daycare provider1,608
Legal guardian1,452
Foster parent1,338
Group home and residential facility staff1,250
Other professional901
Number of perpetrators
Parent394,434
Other relative31,670
Multiple relationships21,074
Other19,273
Unmarried partner or parent18,303
Unknown11,921
Friend and neighbor5,230
Child daycare provider1,608
Legal guardian1,452
Foster parent1,338
Group home and residential facility staff1,250
Other professional901
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This statistic shows the number of perpetrators in child abuse cases in the U.S. in 2016, by relationship to their victim. In 2016, around 394,434 perpetrators were a biological parent of their victim.
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Release date
February 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016
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 Absuse 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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