Child Abuse Statistics

Recent statistics from child protective agencies reported almost 1,000,000 children were victims of substantiated abuse or neglect.

  • 58% of the victims were neglected
  • 21% suffered physical abuse
  • 11% were sexually abused

An estimated 1,400 deaths from abuse occurred

  • 86% percent of these fatalities were children under the age of 6.

Sadly, many cases of child abuse go unreported.

Even if cases are reported, they can often be difficult to prove. Several studies suggest that many more children suffer from abuse or neglect than is evident in official statistics. Parents are the main perpetrators of child maltreatment, accounting for 87 percent of all cases.

Some children have broken bones, burns, or bruises. Others have scars that may be hardly noticeable. Many have no obvious outward injuries. Instead they suffer emotionally—often silently and in fear of reprisal.

Statistics from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Additional information provided by University Hospital’s CARE (Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation) Program, Prevent Child Abuse America, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

If You Suspect Child Abuse

  • New York State 800 342-3720
  • Onondaga County 315 422-9701

For more information

  • Child Welfare Information Gateway 800 394-3366
  • Prevent Child Abuse America 312 663-3520

Statistics and information are from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, University Hospital’s CARE Program, Prevent Child Abuse America, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.