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April 2003Vol. 4, No. 3Child Maltreatment 2001 Available

Child Maltreatment 2001, the 12th annual publication and analysis of data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), is currently available. NCANDS is the primary source of national information on abused and neglected children known to State child protective services agencies.

As in previous years, the report presents detailed analyses, historical comparisons, tables, graphs, and charts on referrals and reports of child maltreatment, characteristics of child maltreatment victims, perpetrators of maltreatment, fatalities that occurred as a result of maltreatment, and services to prevent maltreatment and to assist the victims.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Three million referrals were made to child protective services agencies in 2001.
  • From those referrals, an estimated 903,000 children were determined to have been abused or neglected.
  • In 2001, 59.2 percent of child victims suffered neglect, 18.6 percent were physically abused, 9.6 percent were sexually abused, and 6.8 percent were emotionally or psychologically maltreated.
  • Nationally, 1,300 children died of abuse or neglect in 2001—a rate of 1.81 children per 100,000 children in the population.

HTML and PDF versions of Child Maltreatment 2001 are available on the Children's Bureau website. Print copies are available from the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information at (800) FYI-3366,, or