Abuse and Neglect Statistics
Annual ReportFiscal Year 1997
A child abuse/neglect report can be made by anyone with knowledge of the abuse and/or neglect. Reports can even be made anonymously by non-mandated reporters. Some professions are mandated by law to report any suspected child abuse because of their unique access to families and children. At 64% of the total reports during Fiscal Year 1997, mandated reporters are the largest source of child abuse/neglect reports as shown in Figure 2. The importance of their reporting becomes apparent when looking at Figure 3 which shows that mandated reporters are the source for 78% of the total "indicated" reports.
Table 9 and Table10 provide a detailed picture by region of reporter types. Since more than one reporter can report the same incident to the hotline, the number of reporters in these tables is larger than the actual number of abuse/neglect reports. For example, a teacher could report bruises observed on a child and the same bruises could be reported by a nurse who observed the child during a physical exam. The number of medical, school, and law enforcement personnel making child abuse/neglect reports in Fiscal Year 1997 was about equal, although more "indicated" reports were made by medical personnel. Medical evidence of abuse/neglect is in itself often enough to indicate a report.