General


General Child Victimization

Fact Sheet

Child Physical Abuse [click here for a printer-friendly version in pdf]

Approximately 171,000 cases of child physical abuse were substantiated in 2003.

Year

Estimated Number of Children

Rate per 1,000 children

1990

228,000

3.6

1991

235,000

3.6

1992

241,000

3.7

1993

241,000

3.6

1994

242,000

3.6

1995

244,000

3.6

1996

238,000

3.4

1997

235,000

3.4

1998

204,000

2.9

1999

173,000

2.5

2000

170,000

2.3

2001

168,000

2.3

2001

168,000

2.3

2002

167,000

2.3

2003

171,000

2.3


Graph of Child Phsyical Abuse in the United States: 1990-2003


CCRC projections based on estimates from, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau. 1990 through 2002. Child Maltreatment (1990 - 2002): Reports from the States to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.