Child abuse in the U.S. - perpetrators by relationship to victim 2018

This statistic shows the number of perpetrators in child abuse cases in the United States in 2018, by the relationship to their victim. In 2018, around 417,512 perpetrators were a biological parent of their victim.

Number of perpetrators in child abuse cases in the United States in 2018, by relationship to victim

Number of perpetrators
Parent417,512
Relative34,513
Multiple relationships22,762
Other20,103
Unmarried partner of parent18,960
Unknown12,200
Friend and neighbor5,482
Child daycare provider1,659
Legal guardian1,640
Foster parent1,423
Other professional1,127
Group home and residential facility staff1,001
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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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