Child Maltreatment Rates Increase

Posted May 2, 2013, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

In 2011, approximately 663,000 children experienced maltreatment (nine per 1,000 children). 40% of these children were younger than 5, and 72% were younger than 11. While the overall population of children ages 0 to 4 remained constant, this group's representation among maltreated children rose by 11% between 2004 and 2011. As early experiences play a pivotal role in children's development, experts find this trend troubling. The highest maltreatment rates were in Arizona, Oklahoma and South Dakota, where 48% of children under 5 were maltreated.

Proportion of Children Ages 0-4 Who Are Maltreated in Comparison to Child Population

See the Child Abuse and Neglect section of the KIDS COUNT Data Center for national and state data, as well as for the District of Columbia:

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