Report Shows Steady Decrease in Child Abuse and Neglect

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Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

"Child Maltreatment 2009" (the 20th year of reporting) shows a steady decrease in the number of victims who suffered maltreatment for the third consecutive year. Data collected through the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, a voluntary data collection system, show an estimated 763,000 children were victims of child abuse and neglect, at a rate of 10.1 per 1,000 children. Of those, 693,174 total victims were counted once, regardless of the number of reports of maltreatment. Data from states continue to indicate the greatest proportion of children suffered from neglect and that the 87,612 child victims younger than one year had the highest rate of victimization at 20.6 per 1,000 children in the population of the same age.

ACF has been implementing major initiatives aimed at bringing down the rate of child abuse and neglect, including the recently funded Family Violence Prevention and Services Act grants geared toward domestic violence victims and organizations, as well as grants to reduce long-term foster care and develop innovative intervention strategies to help move children into permanent homes. …