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 the region performing?
In 2015, there were 11 abused children for every 1,000 in the Mid-Hudson Valley region, lower than the state (excluding NYC) rate of 16. The region's rate of child abuse decreased by 8%, while the state (excluding NYC) increased 18% from 2000 to 2015. Child abuse rates were consistently lower in Orange County (9 per 1,000 in 2015) while Ulster and Dutchess had higher rates, 14 and 15 respectively in 2015.
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.