Children And Youth
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect

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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 2020, there were 11 abused children for every 1,000 in the Mid-Hudson Valley region, lower than the state (excluding New York City) rate of 16. Since 2000, the region's rate of child abuse has decreased by 15%, while the state increased 18%. Child abuse rates were consistently lower in Orange and Putnam counties (8 and 6 per 1,000 in 2020) while rates were highest in Greene (27 per 1,000), Columbia (21 per 1,000) and Sullivan (18 per 1,000).

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.

Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect
Columbia County273230272018242124242315141526212119192321
Dutchess County161616131814171618232118161416151517151612
Greene County141014161013171513262723222325292322212727
Orange County1011121212101111131212910109989898
Putnam County577810108888987768877106
Sullivan County201820192026242926272525262628232323242518
Ulster County121212121615161918192120171217141517171813
NYS (excluding NYC)141415141515161617171716151416161617171816

Source: New York State Kids' Well-being Indicator Clearinghouse
Notes: Rate is per 1,000 children under 18.

Number of Indicated Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect
Columbia County413486452394290262343299375379351237214237324264260235234247211
Dutchess County1,1061,1641,1229311,2739851,1781,1201,1441,4031,3231,1251,0709231,0259629401,054929893651
Greene County155110150177110135175156136273279246245259228267216203203218207
Orange County1,0281,1221,1811,2161,2481,0511,1461,0901,042987982815872890866862856943798865786
Putnam County124168181202259256205197180165186166163161130192181161148198107
Sullivan County369329351336349442419485435468423447467477483393406398425391291
Ulster County497479491497629609627729696728831805692514587478521592605580398
NYS (excluding NYC)37,36439,34540,09639,26041,21540,73541,91342,28644,01144,98344,14640,89739,69538,98541,01340,37440,78842,41142,39442,00637,141

Source: New York State Kids' Well-being Indicator Clearinghouse

Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Decreasing
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Decreasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Seniors Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Decreasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Increasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Increasing
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing