Children who were victims of abuse or neglect by type of abuse in Louisiana

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Number - the unduplicated number of children who were victims of child abuse or neglect during a calendar year, by type of abuse. 
Rate - the number of children who were victims of child abuse or neglect per 1,000 children ages 0-17 in the population.

In addition to the three categories reported here (neglect, physical abuse and sexual abuse), the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services also reports child abuse and neglect data for children for several additional categories, including maltreatment, life-threatening injuries and death.  Because of the small number of events in most parishes, those data are not reported here.

Data Source: Child Victim Data - Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, by special request
Population Data - prior to 2020 - Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. (2021). "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2020." Online. Available: 2020 and 2021 United States Census Bureau, Census Population Estimates Program (2022). Online. Available:


Child welfare data is reported according to the location of the DCFS office through which the case is handled. Some parishes do not have a DCFS office that handles child welfare cases, and children in those parishes are served by offices in the nearest parish. Geographies reported here reflect instances in which one parish office serves children in multiple parishes (e.g. Jefferson Parish's offices also serve children in Plaquemines and St. Bernard). 

Data for 2020 and 2021 do not include any investigations considered to be ongoing. Note that previous years' data have been updated as more investigations were finalized.

LNE (low number event) - a number or rate based on at least one but fewer than five children 

n.a. - not applicable

Updated October 10, 2022