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Juveniles as Victims
Child Maltreatment
Q: Do child maltreatment victimization rates vary by State?
A: State-level child maltreatment victimization rates varied considerably in 2010, from a low of 1.3 per 1,000 children ages 0-17 to a high of 24.6.

Maltreatment victimization rate* by State, 2004-2010

State 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

Alabama 8.5 8.1 8.4 8.2 8.2 7.3 8.5
Alaska - 14.6 18.9 17.2 25.1 21.6 17.1
Arizona 4.8 3.9 2.7 2.4 2.1 2.3 3.6
Arkansas 10.7 12.2 13.2 14.1 13.2 14.9 17.7
California 10.4 10.1 9.5 9.4 9.1 8.5 8.8

Colorado 8.4 8.1 9.3 8.9 9.3 9.7 9.5
Connecticut 15.8 14.3 12.8 12.0 11.9 12.1 13.4
Delaware 7.9 9.7 9.5 10.3 11.0 10.0 10.6
District of Columbia 20.7 24.9 24.2 24.4 23.6 29.9 24.6
Florida 33.4 33.0 33.5 13.3 12.8 12.1 13.3

Georgia 22.5 19.6 16.1 14.2 10.3 9.3 8.0
Hawaii 12.5 9.6 7.1 7.2 6.7 7.1 6.2
Idaho 4.9 4.9 4.1 3.9 4.4 3.9 4.0
Illinois 9.1 9.1 8.7 9.1 9.4 9.4 9.0
Indiana 12.0 12.1 13.2 11.6 13.8 15.2 14.5

Iowa 19.4 19.8 20.5 19.7 15.7 18.2 18.9
Kansas 7.0 4.0 3.8 3.3 2.4 1.9 2.2
Kentucky 19.3 19.6 19.8 18.7 18.1 17.2 18.1
Louisiana 9.3 10.6 11.7 8.6 9.2 8.6 7.9
Maine 14.6 11.7 12.5 14.7 14.7 15.0 12.8

Maryland 11.0 10.6 - - - 12.4 10.3
Massachusetts 24.5 24.6 25.0 26.3 29.1 27.2 18.6
Michigan 11.1 9.8 11.0 - 12.4 13.8 15.1
Minnesota 6.5 6.7 6.1 5.4 4.6 3.9 3.7
Mississippi 7.4 8.1 8.3 9.1 10.4 10.3 10.4

Missouri 6.8 6.3 5.0 5.0 3.9 3.8 3.8
Montana 8.0 9.5 8.1 8.6 7.4 7.4 6.6
Nebraska 10.8 14.9 13.9 9.2 10.4 12.1 11.2
Nevada 7.5 8.5 8.4 8.2 7.3 6.9 7.3
New Hampshire 3.1 3.1 2.7 3.1 3.8 3.4 3.1

New Jersey 3.9 4.7 5.6 3.7 4.4 4.5 4.7
New Mexico 12.8 14.7 11.9 12.1 11.3 10.5 11.8
New York 16.2 15.6 17.8 18.8 19.1 20.4 20.1
North Carolina 16.3 15.7 13.2 11.8 11.0 10.8 10.5
North Dakota 11.4 10.6 10.2 9.0 9.0 8.7 7.9

Ohio 15.3 15.2 15.0 14.0 13.2 12.6 12.5
Oklahoma 14.2 15.8 15.1 14.6 12.3 8.3 8.4
Oregon 13.9 14.6 15.1 13.4 12.7 13.5 13.4
Pennsylvania 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.3
Rhode Island 12.5 14.0 18.6 16.6 13.5 13.5 16.0

South Carolina 9.7 10.4 10.3 12.1 11.8 11.8 11.3
South Dakota 9.8 8.3 7.8 7.5 7.0 7.6 7.2
Tennessee 10.4 12.8 13.1 10.9 7.8 6.2 6.1
Texas 8.2 9.8 10.7 10.8 10.6 10.0 9.8
Utah 17.9 17.0 16.3 16.4 15.5 15.8 15.8

Vermont 8.2 7.9 6.4 6.6 5.3 6.0 5.6
Virginia 3.9 3.6 3.8 3.4 3.2 3.3 3.6
Washington 4.4 5.2 4.8 4.6 4.4 4.2 4.5
West Virginia 21.7 24.5 21.5 18.4 15.7 14.2 10.7
Wisconsin 7.0 7.3 6.5 5.9 4.4 3.8 3.7
Wyoming 5.5 7.0 6.4 6.1 5.7 5.5 5.6

Notes: *Rate is per 1,000 children under 18 in the U.S. population.

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  • The national child maltreatment victimization rate in 2010 was 10.0 per 1,000 children ages 0-17.
  • Twenty-seven states had child maltreatment victimization rates below the national rate.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02110.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on March 05, 2012.

Data Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. Child Maltreatment 2009 and Child Maltreatment 2010. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011.

 

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