Stats & Facts

Abuse and neglect can occur in families where there is a great deal of stress. The stress can result from a family history of violence, drug or alcohol abuse, poverty, and chronic health problems.

Families that do not have nearby friends, relatives, and other social support are also at risk. It is important to remember that abuse and neglect occurs across all income levels and racial/ethnic backgrounds. See below for some statistics on child abuse and neglect in our communities and country.

In Nevada

In 2016, Nevada had 13 child fatalities at a rate of 1.92 deaths for every 100,000 children.
(USDHHS Child Maltreatment Report, 2016)*

In 2013, there were 540 substantiated cases of child sexual maltreatment in Nevada.
(Nevada Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children, 2014)*

Of the total closed investigations in Nevada in FY2017 (15,207), 20% were substantiated.
(NV Division of Child and Family Services)*

CPS Reports and Investigations in Nevada FY2016

July 2016 – June 2017

Clark County Washoe County Rural Counties Total Statewide
Total New Referrals 25,040 5,554 4,034 34,628
Information Only 12,356 3,379 2,619 18,354
Differential Response or Investigation Initiated 340 224 503 1,067
Total Closed Investigations 12,344 1,951 912 15,207
Substantiated 2,408 469 240 3,117
Unstubstantiated 9,468 931 426 10,825

In the United States

In 2016, U.S. State and local child protective sercies (CPS) received an estimated 3.3 million referrals of children being abused or neglected. (USDHHS Child Maltreatment Report, 2016)*

In 2016, an estimated 1,750 children died from child maltreatment. That is a rate of 2.36 per 100,000 children. (USDHHS Child Maltreatment Report, 2016)*

A cross-sectional, US national telephone survey of the child maltreatment experiences of 4,503 children and youth aged 1 month to 17 years in 2011 found that 13.8% experienced child maltreatment in the last year (including neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, custodial interference, or sexual abuse by a known adult) (USDHHS, 2012)*

The total lifetime economic burden resulting from new cases of fatal and nonfatal child maltreatment in the United States is approximately $124 billion. (CDC, 2012)*

*Click source for full report

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