The child abuse rate is the number of substantiated child victims per 1,000 children in New Mexico by state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 through June 30. For example, in SFY 2017, approximately 25 children in every 1,000 children under the age of 18 in New Mexico were victims of abuse or neglect.
A child abuse allegation is substantiated when it is determined that the victim is under the age of 18, a parent or caretaker has been identified as the perpetrator and/or identified as failing to protect the victim, and credible evidence exists to support the conclusion by the investigator that the child has been abused and/or neglected as defined by the New Mexico Children't Code. Types of child abuse allegations are physical abuse, sexual abuse, and physical neglect.
Data for SFY 2017 obtained by information request from New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) Protective Services Division, received November, 2017.
Data for prior years retrieved from New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) Protective Services Publications referred to as "360 Yearly" Reports, for each state fiscal year: cyfd.org/about-cyfd/publications-reports. Data for years prior to SFY 2013 were published annually on a calendar year basis in"Fact Book": cyfd.org/about-cyfd/publications-reports/protective-services-fact-book-archives.
Updated November 2017.