Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect
What does this measure?
The number of children in indicated Child Protective Service reports, expressed as a rate per 1,000 children under age 18. Indicated reports are those in which there is credible evidence that a child has experienced abuse, neglect or maltreatment from a parent or legal guardian. This includes sexual abuse committed or allowed by a parent or guardian.
Why is this important?
Children who have been abused or neglected may experience long-term psychological and emotional/behavioral consequences. Victims of abuse are also at higher risk of abusing their own children when they become parents.
How is Dutchess County performing?
In 2015, there were 15 abused children for every 1,000 in Dutchess County, slightly below the state (excluding NYC). The rate was down 4% compared to 2000, well below the 18% increase at the state (excluding NYC) level. Throughout the decade, Dutchess' rate of reported child abuse was often highest in the region, though it was lower than Ulster's rate in 2014.
Notes about the data
Reports of abuse or neglect may be influenced by many factors such as outreach, education and media publicity. Additionally, it is unknown how many cases of abuse or neglect are never reported to authorities. Each child is counted only once in these data.