Annual Child Maltreatment Report Shows Continuing Decrease in Abuse and Neglect Statistics
The annual report of child abuse and neglect statistics, Child Maltreatment 2009, was released this month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau. For the third year in a row, the report shows a decrease in the number and rate of child abuse and neglect victims. 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.
Data for the report—now in its 20th edition—are voluntarily submitted to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System by the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc. has been the subcontractor for the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System since the project’s inception in 1988 and Dr. John Gaudiosi has been the Federal Project Officer for the past 12 and one-half years. Each year WRMA staff compile, validate, and analyze the data submitted by the states and U.S. territories. This year’s report was released four months earlier than previous editions. This shortened schedule will continue in the future.
To view the most recent report, Child Maltreatment 2009, click here.
To view previous versions of the report, click here.