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 2017, there were 14 abused children for every 1,000 in the Mid-Hudson Valley region, lower than the state (excluding New York City) rate of 17,but higher than the national rate of 9. Since 2000, the region's rate of child abuse has increased by 4%, while the state increased 24%. Child abuse rates were consistently lower in Orange and Putnam counties (9 and 7 per 1,000 in 2017) while rates were highest in Sullivan (23 per 1,000), Greene (22 per 1,000) and Columbia (19 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 County273230272018242124242315141526212119
Dutchess County161616131814171618232118161416151517
Greene County141014161013171513262723222325292322
Orange County1011121212101111131212910109989
Putnam County57781010888898776887
Sullivan County201820192026242926272525262628232323
Ulster County121212121615161918192120171217141517
NYS (excluding NYC)141415141515161617171716151416161617

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 County413486452394290262343299375379351237214237324264260235
Dutchess County1,1061,1641,1229311,2739851,1781,1201,1441,4031,3231,1251,0709231,0259629401,054
Greene County155110150177110135175156136273279246245259228267216203
Orange County1,0281,1221,1811,2161,2481,0511,1461,0901,042987982815872890866862856943
Putnam County124168181202259256205197180165186166163161130192181161
Sullivan County369329351336349442419485435468423447467477483393406398
Ulster County497479491497629609627729696728831805692514587478521592
NYS (excluding NYC)37,36439,34540,09639,26041,21540,73541,91342,28644,01144,98344,14640,89739,69538,98541,01340,37440,78842,411

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

Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Decreasing
Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Household Types Increasing
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 Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Decreasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Seniors Living in Poverty Decreasing
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Maintaining
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Increasing
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Maintaining
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Increasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Violent Crimes Decreasing