Total number of victims of child abuse in the U.S. from 2011 to 2015

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Number of child abuse cases
2011651,180
2012656,372
2013656,361
2014675,693
2015683,487

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This statistic shows the number of reported cases of child abuse in the U.S. from 2011 to 2015. In 2015, 683,487 cases were reported.
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Release date
January 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2011 to 2015
Supplementary notes
Only reported cases are included. 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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