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Juveniles as Victims
Child Maltreatment
Q: How has the reporting of child maltreatment to protective service agencies changed since 1980?
A: In 1996 nearly 3 million children were the subjects in 2 million reports of child maltreatment--an increase of 161% since 1980.
Number of child reports of maltreatment (in thousands), 1980-1996

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 1992–1996. 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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