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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 2019, 61% of victims experienced neglect only.
Notes: *If a child has been victim of two or more maltreatment types, they are counted once in the multiple maltreatment category.
In 2018, "Sex Trafficking" was introduced as a new maltreatment type; counts were reported by 18 states. These counts are included in the "Sex abuse only" category. This table is based on sample data reported by a varying number of states.

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  • While the majority of victims experienced only one type of maltreatment, they may have experienced that form of maltreatment on more than one occasion.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02108.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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