• May/June 2001
  • Vol. 2, No. 3

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HHS Reports New Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics

National statistics continue to indicate a decline in child abuse and neglect, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported in April.

States had reported that just over 900,000 children were victims of child maltreatment in 1998. That number dropped to 826,000 in 1999.

The incidence rate of children victimized by maltreatment also declined to 11.8 per 1,000 children, a decrease from the 1998 rate of 12.6 per 1,000. In a trend that began six years ago, the number of victimized children has decreased approximately 19.2 percent from a record of 1,018,692 in 1993. Parents continue to be the main perpetrators of child maltreatment.

"We are encouraged by the continuing decline in the number of children who are maltreated, but it is nevertheless unacceptable that so many children are suffering," said HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson. "We will continue to encourage States to do everything they can to prevent child abuse and neglect. We must remain committed to ensuring that all children live in safe, permanent and loving homes."

The complete findings of States' reports to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) are published in Child Maltreatment 1999. The report is available on the Children's Bureau website (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/publications) in html or PDF format. For a print copy, contact the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information by phone at 800-FYI-3366 or by email at nccanch@caliber.com.

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