Total number of victims of child abuse in the U.S. from 2012 to 2016

Child abuse in the U.S. - total number of victims 2012-2016 This statistic shows the number of reported cases of child abuse in the U.S. from 2012 to 2016. In 2016, 671,622 cases were reported.
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Number of child abuse cases
2012656,372
2013656,361
2014675,437
2015683,261
2016671,622
Number of child abuse cases
2012656,372
2013656,361
2014675,437
2015683,261
2016671,622
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This statistic shows the number of reported cases of child abuse in the U.S. from 2012 to 2016. In 2016, 671,622 cases were reported.
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Release date
February 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2012 to 2016
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.
Data from previous years can be found here.

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