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Juveniles as Victims
Child Maltreatment
Q: What is the most common form of child maltreatment?
A: Neglect is by far the most common form of maltreatment; in 2010, 78% of victims experienced neglect.

Percent of victims by maltreatment type*, 2010

Maltreatment type* Percent

Neglect 78.3 %
Physical abuse 17.6  
Other abuse 10.3  
Sexual abuse 9.2  
Psychological maltreatment 8.1  
Medical neglect 2.4  
Unknown/missing 0.3  

Notes: A child may have been the victim of more than one type of maltreatment, and therefore, the total percent may equal more than 100%. This table is based on sample data reported by a varying number of states. 49 states (along with D.C. & Puerto Rico) provided data regarding physical and sexual abuse, and neglect; 48 states (along with D.C. & Puerto Rico) reported on psychological maltreatment; 38 states (along with D.C. & Puerto Rico) reported on medical neglect; and 22 states (along with D.C. & Puerto Rico) reported other types of maltreatment not detailed here. Three states and Puerto Rico reported unknown or missing data on maltreatment types.

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Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02108.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on March 05, 2012.

Data Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. Child Maltreatment 2010. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011.


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