||How has the reporting of child maltreatment to protective service agencies changed since 1980?
||In 1996 nearly 3 million children were the subjects in 2 million reports of child maltreatment--an increase of 161% since 1980.
Note: Child reports are counts of children who are the subject of reports. Counts are duplicated when an individual child is the subject of more than one report during a year.
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- The increasing trend in child maltreatment reports over the past decade is believed to be the result, at least in part, of a greater willingness to report suspected incidents. Greater public awareness both of child maltreatment as a social problem and the resources available to respond to it are factors that contribute to increased reporting.
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book
. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02103.asp?qaDate=19990930.
Released on September 30, 1999.
Adapted from Snyder, H. & Sickmund, M. Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1999 National Report
, p. 45. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 1999.
Data Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau. Child Maltreatment: Reports From the States to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System
for the years 19921996. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.
National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System: Working Paper 2, 1991 Summary Data Component.
Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1993.
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