Child Maltreatment 2004

Publication Date: December 31, 2004


This report presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies in the United States during federal fiscal year 2004.

Table of Contents

Letter from the Associate Commissioner



Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Background of NCANDS
  • Annual Data Collection Process
  • Structure of the Report
  • Table and Notes

Chapter 2: Reports

  • Screening of Referrals
  • Report Sources
  • Response Time from Report to Investigation
  • Investigated Reports
  • Report Disposition by Source
  • CPS Workforce and Workload
  • Tables and Notes
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Chapter 3: Victims

  • First-Time Victims
  • Types of Maltreatment
  • Sex and Age of Victims
  • Race and Ethnicity of Victims
  • Living Arrangement of Victims
  • Reported Disability of Victims
  • Factors Influencing the Determination that a Child is a Victim of Maltreatment
  • Recurrence
  • Perpetrators of Maltreatment
  • Maltreatment in Foster Care
    Tables and Notes

Chapter 4: Fatalities

  • Number of Child Fatalities
  • Age and Sex of Fatalities
  • Race and Ethnicity of Fatalities
  • Perpetrator Relationships of Fatalities
  • Maltreatment Types of Fatalities
  • Prior CPS Contact of Fatality Victims
  • Tables and Notes

Chapter 5: Perpetrators

  • Characteristics of Perpetrators
  • Tables and Notes

Chapter 6: Services

  • Preventive Services
  • Postinvestigation Services
  • Factors Influencing the Receipt of Services
  • Tables and Notes

Chapter 7: Additional Research Related to Child Maltreatment

  • Reports on Key Indicators, Outcomes, and National Statistics
  • Studies of the Characteristics of Children in the Child Welfare System
  • Capacity-Building Initiatives
  • Suggestions for Future Research

Appendix A: Required CAPTA Data Items

Appendix B: Glossary

Appendix C: Data Submissions and Data Elements

Appendix D: State Commentary

Appendix E: Reader Survey



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