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 Orange County performing?
In 2015, there were 9 abused children for every 1,000 in Orange County, below the state (excluding NYC) rate of 16. Orange County consistently had the lowest rate of child abuse in the region, between 9 and 13 per 1,000 since 2000. Orange's rate of child abuse has decreased 18% since 2000, compared to increases in Ulster and the state.
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.