Abuse and Neglect Statistics
Annual ReportFiscal Year 1997
The Child Abuse Hotline (State Central Register)
During fiscal year 1997 (July 1, 1996 to June 30, 1997), the State Central Register received 355,579 calls. This was only about 3,000 more calls than were received the previous fiscal year. Not all calls to the hotline result in a report of suspected child abuse or neglect. Some calls are simply requests for information. Only one in every 5 calls resulted in a report during the fiscal year. The number of calls received each of the last 10 fiscal years is presented in Figure 1.
During state fiscal year 1997, 119,405 children were reported as suspected victims of child abuse and/or neglect (Table 1). This number represents a "duplicated" count of children since a child may be reported more than once during a fiscal year. For the past two fiscal years, the number of children reported has decreased from the previous year. This decrease is due, in part, to a change in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act in fiscal year 1996, that amended the law to exclude children already living safely with relatives as being neglected children.
Tables 3 and 4 provide a breakdown of certain characteristics of reported and "indicated" child victims by age, gender and ethnicity. Children ranging from newborn through 9 years composed 70% of the reported child abuse/neglect population. The same group accounted for 72.4% of the "indicated" report victims in FY 97.
Slightly more females than males were the subjects of reported and "indicated" child abuse and neglect reports. The figures in the ethnic grouping reveal a significant over-representation of African-American children as victims in reported and "indicated" child abuse/neglect. This is most apparent when reviewing the "rate per 1,000"* category. African-American children were reported victims at a rate of 85.7 per 1,000 and "indicated" as victims at a rate of 32.6 per 1,000. This contrasts sharply with white and Hispanic children who were reported at a rate of mid-20's per 1,000 and "indicated" at a rate of less than 10 per 1,000.
1,000 children under age 18 based on the 1990 U.S. Census.