Child abuse/neglect (per 1,000 children)

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Definitions: This is the number of children found to be victims of abuse or neglect per 1,000 children under age 18.

At the state and county level, this indicator is a rate per 1,000 children based on a three-year average of victims from the federal fiscal years.  The rate is calculated as 1,000 times the number of victims divided by the total number of children under 18.  The number of children under age 18 is based on the latest population data.

Indicator clarification:  Differences in reporting procedures over the years prevent comparison of rates between counties and trends over time.

Data Source: State of WV Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families. An average of the victims in three federal fiscal years. National Data: Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, US DHHS. Child Maltreatment. Data from 2006 only. Population data is from Population Reference Bureau, analysis of Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), “Bridged-race Vintage 2006 postcensal estimates by year, county, single-year of age, bridged race, Hispanic origin, and sex,” data file prepared under a collaborative agreement between CDC/NCHS and the U.S. Census Bureau. National Data from Child Maltreatment assessed on line.

Footnotes: Differences in reporting procedures over the years prevent comparison rates between counties and trends over time.