It’s alarming to think that child abuse occurs at all, especially in a small community like our own. Unfortunately the statistics and numbers don’t lie… which makes our job in helping to protect children and educate adults about abuse even more important.

National – 2016

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National Children's Advocacy Center (2016). Economic Impact of Child Abuse-Infographic. Huntsville, AL: Author.

Pennsylvania – 2016

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Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Annual Child Protective Services Report, 2016

Substantiated Child Abuse Reports

This map uses the number of children with substantiated reports of child abuse for every 1,000 children in each county. This approach takes into account different population sizes and allows for counties to be examined in comparable terms. Almost 75% of the state population under 18 years old lives in urban counties, and conversely, just under one quarter live in rural counties. The average rate of substantiated reports was significantly higher for rural counties (2.6) than for urban counties (1.6). The average substantiated rate in both types of counties rose slightly from 2015: from 1.5 to 1.6 in urban counties; and from 2.4 to 2.6 in rural counties.

Bradford County – 2016

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Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Annual Child Protective Services Report, 2016

Sullivan County – 2016

child abuse statistics
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Annual Child Protective Services Report, 2016

Tioga County – 2016

child abuse statistics
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Annual Child Protective Services Report, 2016

The Children’s House/Child Advocacy Center – 2016

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Source: 2016 CACHC Intake Records