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Juveniles as Victims
Child Maltreatment
Q: What is known about substantiated or indicated child maltreatment?
A: In 2013, the majority of victims experienced neglect (79%), were white (44%), female (51%), and under the age of 3 (34%).

Characteristics of child maltreatment victims, 2013

Estimated number of unique victims 679,000
 
Victimization rate* 9.1
 
Age
0 to 3
34%
4 to 7
25%
8 to 11
18%
12 to 15
17%
16 to 17
6%
 
Gender
Male
49%
Female
51%
 
Race/ethnicity
White
44%
Black
21%
Hispanic
22%
American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
Multiple race
4%
Unknown/missing
6%
 
Maltreatment type**
Neglect
80%
Physical abuse
18%
Sexual abuse
9%
Psychological maltreatment
9%
Medical neglect
2%
Other abuse
10%
Unknown/missing
<1%

Notes: *Rate is per 1,000 children under 18 in the U.S. population.
**A child may have been the victim of more than one type of maltreatment, therefore, the total may equal more than 100%.
Percentages are based on the unique count of child victims and should not be compared to years prior to 2010. This table is based on sample data reported by a varying number of states.

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  • More than one-third maltreatment victims in 2013 were infants or toddlers ages 03.
  • Females made up just over half (51%) of all maltreatment victims in 2013.
  • White children accounted for 44% of all victims, more than one-fifth were black (21%) and a similar proportion (22%) were Hispanic.
  • Neglect (80%) was the most common form of maltreatment in 2013.
  • An estimated 1,520 children died as the result of maltreatment in 2013.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02102.asp?qaDate=2013. Released on February 05, 2016.

Data Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. Child Maltreatment 2013. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.

 

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