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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