Child abuse

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Child abuse refers to the practice of mistreating or abusing children and young adults by parents or other care givers. Although child abuse is still rampant, according to the United States Children's Bureau, there has been a 15% reduction in child abuse cases from 2005 to 2012.

Types of child abuse

State Wide Statistics in Child Abuse in the United States

State Total cases 2012 Rate per 1000 in 2012
Alabama 9,573 8.5
Alaska 2,928 15.6
Arizona 10,039 6.2
Arkansas 11,133 15.7
California 76,026 8.2
Colorado 10,482 8.5
Connecticut 8,151 10.3
Delaware 2,335 11.4
District of Columbia 2,141 19.6
Florida 53,341 13.3
Georgia 18,752 7.5
Hawaii 1,398 4.6
Idaho
Illinois 27,497 9.0
Indiana 20,223 12.7
Iowa 10,751 14.9
Kansas 1,868 2.6
Kentucky 17,054 16.7
Louisiana 8,458 7.6
Maine 3,781 14.2
Maryland 13,079 9.7
Massachusetts 19,234 13.7
Michigan 33,434 14.7
Minnesota 4,238 3.3
Mississippi 7,599 10.2
Missouri 4,685 3.3
Montana 1,324 6.0
Nebraska 3,888 8.4
Nevada 5,436 8.2
New Hampshire 901 3.3
New Jersey 9,031 4.5
New Mexico 5,882 11.4
New York 68,375 16.0
North Carolina 23,150 10.1
North Dakota 1,402 9.1
Ohio 29,250 11.0
Oklahoma 9,627 10.3
Oregon 9,576 11.1
Pennsylvania 3,416 1.2
Puerto Rico 8,470 10.0
Rhode Island 3,218 14.9
South Carolina 11,439 10.6
South Dakota 1,224 6.0
Tennessee 10,069 6.7
Texas 62,551 9.0
Utah 9,419 10.6
Vermont 649 5.2
Virginia 5,826 3.1
Washington 6,546 4.1
West Virginia 4,591 12.0
Wisconsin 4,645 3.5
Wyoming 705 5.2
Total Cases of Child Abuse in USA in 2012 678,810
Rate in USA 9.2

Source: Children's Bureau

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