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Child Abuse Reported to the Police (NCJ 187238) May 2001
OJJDP Crimes Against Children Series
8 page(s)
Finkelhor, D., Ormrod, R.
Describes the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) and its role in depicting police experience with child abuse, and reports key findings derived from NIBRS data. Child abuse is commonly regarded as a child welfare problem, and a considerable amount of information has been amassed from this perspective. When a child is assaulted, however, it is not only a child welfare problem, it is a crime, and yet there is a lack of law enforcement data available for researchers to analyze. Use of NIBRS, which collects detailed data about crime and its victims, should help fill this gap. This OJJDP Crimes Against Children Series Bulletin also offers an informative comparison of NIBRS and child welfare system data and discusses the policy implications arising from NIBRS data.