Child Maltreatment 2017
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories have child abuse and neglect reporting laws that mandate certain professionals and institutions refer suspected maltreatment to a child protective services agency. Each state has its own definitions of child abuse and neglect that are based on standards set by federal law. Federal legislation provides a foundation for states by identifying a set of acts or behaviors that define child abuse and neglect. In addition to detailed findings and exhibits, key findings in this report focus on the national rounded number of children who received a child protective services investigation response or alternative response, the he number and rate of victims and increase over the years, the percent of victims who are neglected, physically and sexually abused. These victims may suffer a single maltreatment type or a combination of two or more maltreatment types.