Child maltreatment in the Virgin Islands
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Definitions:The number of children between ages birth to 18 who have been reported as abused (physical and/or sexual) or neglected, and the rate per 1,000 children in this age group.
Data Source:V.I. Department of Human Services, Protective Service Statistics
The VI Department of Human Services takes referrals for child abuse and neglect through age 17. These numbers do not include children who are in foster care, who may have been placed due to abuse or neglect. Human Services data is for fiscal year. Population data is calendar year, as reported in the VI Community Survey. Rates are calculated using the child population age 0-18.
Child abuse and neglect cases are routinely under-reported in the USVI, as acknowledged by members of territorial not-for-profit and government agencie working in the field of child abuse and neglect. The number of maltreated children, therefore, is likely higher than documented, and the negative impact on the community is likely greater than the figures can show.
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As a place-based community foundation, St. Croix Foundation for Community Development has served as both a grantmaker and a program administrator since 1990.
With the firm belief that all roads surrounding our community’s most pressing socio-economic problems lead back to youth and education, the Foundation has a diverse portfolio of grant and scholarship funds and a track record of complementary programming, including territory-wide policy research and community convening. St. Croix Foundation is committed to activating data through a holistic, systems approach to develop sound policy, and then deploy targeted resources that support our children.Learn More