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Juveniles as Victims
Child Maltreatment
Q: How has the number of children who received a response from child protective services changed?
A: In 2019, nearly 3.5 million children received an investigation or an alternative response, an increase of 16% since 2010.
Note: Child reports are counts of children who are the subject of reports. Duplicate count: an individual child is the subject of more than one report during a year. Unique count: a child is counted once regardless of the number times he or she was the subject of a report.

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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: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02103.asp?qaDate=2019. Released on August 30, 2021.

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 19902019. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.


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