Child abuse and neglect

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Definitions: Child abuse and neglect statistics for SFY [Year] by county, category of abuse, and total number of evidenced allegations for all categories. The Division of Family and Children's Services (DFCS) operates within the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) to protect "children and youth from abuse, neglect and exploitation by providing services to promote safe and stable families." In 2013, the MDHS began reporting the category of abuse based on all allegations, instead of only evidenced allegations, as had been done in the 2012 and earlier annual reports. Due to this difference in reporting, the category of abuse cannot be compared to earlier years and is no longer provided on this indicator.

Data Source: Mississippi Department of Human Services, Annual Report [Year]

Available at: http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/publications/agency-annual-reports/

Footnotes: Updated January 2017.
In some Annual Reports, there is an East and West Chickasaw and East and West Bolivar under the county column. These were combined in order to meet the data center county format. If needed, please refer to the original reports for this data.
All reports of child or vulnerable adult abuse are referred to the MCI toll-free number 1-800-222-8000.