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Juveniles as Victims
Child Maltreatment
Q: What is the age profile of child maltreatment victims?
A: More than one-third of victims of child maltreatment in 2019 were under age 4.

Age distribution of child maltreatment victims, 2019

Age of victim Percent
0 15.0%
1 6.8%
2 6.4%
3 6.2%
4 5.9%
5 5.8%
6 5.6%
7 5.3%
8 5.1%
9 5.0%
10 4.9%
11 4.7%
12 4.7%
13 4.4%
14 4.3%
15 4.1%
16 3.5%
17 2.4%

Note:The data in this table reflects unique counts of child victims. This table is based on sample data reported by a varying number of states.

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  • In 2019, infants and toddlers (ages 0 to 3) accounted for one-third (34%) of victims; the highest proportion of victims were youth under one (15.0%).
  • Older youth accounted for the smallest proportion of victims; 17-year-olds were just 2.4% of child maltreatment victims in 2019.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02106.asp?qaDate=2019. Released on August 30, 2021.

Data Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. Child Maltreatment 2019. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.

 

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