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Juveniles as Victims
Child Maltreatment
Q: Do child maltreatment victimization rates vary by the race/ethnicity of the victim?
A: Yes. In 2020, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Black, multiple race, Pacific Islander, and Hispanic youth were more likely to be victimized than white youth.

Maltreatment victimization rate by race/ethnicity*, 2020

Victim race/ethnicity* Rate**
American Indian/Alaskan Native 15.5
Black 13.2
Multiple race 10.3
Pacific Islander 9.0
Hispanic 7.8
White 7.4
Asian 1.6

Notes: *Race groups do not include Hispanic youth. Hispanic youth can be of any race. **The victimization rate is per 1,000 children under 18 in each race/ethnicity group. Rates are based on the unique count of child victims. This table is based on sample data reported by a varying number of states.

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  • Asian youth had lower maltreatment victimization rates than any other race/ethnicity groups.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02107.asp?qaDate=2020. Released on April 18, 2022.

Data Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. Child Maltreatment 2020. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.


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