Child Maltreatment 2012

Publication Date: December 17, 2013


This report presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies in the United States during federal fiscal year 2012.

Tables are available in Excel

Table of Contents

Letter from the Associate Commissioner



Chapter 1: Introduction
Background of NCANDS
Annual Data Collection Process
NCANDS as a Resource
Structure of the Report

Chapter 2: Reports
Screening of Referrals
Report Dispositions
Report Sources
CPS Response Time
CPS Workforce and Caseload
Exhibit and Table Notes

Chapter 3: Children
Alternative Response
Unique and Duplicate Counts
Children Who Received a CPS Response
Children Who Were Subjects of a Report
Number of Child Victims
Child Victim Demographics
Maltreatment Types
Maltreatment Types by Age
Risk Factors
Perpetrator Relationship
Federal Standards and Performance Measures
Exhibit and Table Notes

Chapter 4: Fatalities
Number of Child Fatalities
Child Fatality Demographics
Maltreatment Types
Perpetrator Relationship
Risk Factors
Prior CPS Contact
Exhibit and Table Notes

Chapter 5: Perpetrators
Number of Perpetrators
Perpetrator Demographics
Maltreatment Types
Perpetrator Relationship
Exhibit and Table Notes

Chapter 6: Services
Prevention Services
Postresponse Services
History of Receiving Services
Exhibit and Table Notes

Chapter 7: Reports, Research, and Capacity Building Activities Related to Child Maltreatment
Reports on National Statistics
Research on Child Maltreatment
Capacity Building Initiatives
The Future of NCANDS and Suggestions for Future Research

Appendix A: Required CAPTA Data Items

Appendix B: Glossary

Appendix C: State Characteristics

Appendix D: State Commentary


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