The Child Maltreatment Report 2018 is the most recent collection of child maltreatment data from across the country. Since 1991, this important resource breaks down the data at the national and state levels and shows trends in data. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/
Here are the key findings from the 2018 report:
- The national rounded number of children who received a child protective services investigation response or alternative response increased 8.4 percent, from 3,261,000 in 2014 to 3,534,000 in 2018.
- The number and rate of victims have fluctuated during the past 5 years. There was an increase of 0.4 percent in the national rounded number of victims, from 675,000 in 2014 to 678,000 in 2018.
- The 2018 data show more than four-fifths of victims suffered a single type of maltreatment. Sixty percent were neglected only, 10.7 percent were physically abused only, and 7 percent were sexually abused only. More than 15 percent were victims of two or more maltreatment types.
- For 2018, an estimated 1,770 children died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 2.39 per 100,000 children in the national population.