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Facts and Statistics about Injury and Violence


Child Maltreatment

• In 2012, approximately 6.3 million children were reported as alleged victims of maltreatment to child welfare and law enforcement agencies across the nation. Categories of maltreatment  included neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and other categories specific to certain states (US DHHS, ACF, 2012). 

• In 2012, Missouri ranked 13th among US states in rates of investigated reports into child maltreatment and neglect at 51.2 reports per 1,000 children.  The national average was 42.7 per 1,000 children (US DHHS, ACF, 2012).

• In 2010, Missouri ranked 29th among US states on rates of child mortality due to maltreatment and neglect at 1.43 per 100,000 children.  The national average was 2.20 reports per 100,000 children (US DHHS, ACF, 2012).

Child Injury

• Each year, nearly 9 million children aged 0-19 require emergency medical care for unintentional injuries; more than 9,000 children die as the result of injuries (CDC, 2012).

• The United States spends an estimated $11.5 billion on medical care related to unintentional child injuries

Intimate Partner Violence

• In 2012, there were 76 instances of domestic-violence related homicides in Missouri, of which 38 cases (50%) were due to intimate partner violence (Missouri State Highway Patrol, 2012).

• According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 4 adolescents report verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year.  About 9% of students nationwide report being physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the past 12 months (CDC, 2014). 

Sexual Violence

• In a 2012 nationally representative study, the CDC found that nearly 1 in 5 (18.3%) of women and 1 in 71 (1.4%) of men reported experiencing rape at some point in their lifetimes (CDC, 2012)

• 42.2% of female rape victims reported being raped before age 18 (Black, Basile, Breiding, Smith, Walters, Merrick, Chen, & Stevens, 2010)

• 12.3% of female rape victims and 27.8% of male rape victims were first raped before age 11


• Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among adolescents aged 15 to 24 years, which accounts for 20% of all deaths annually (CDC, 2012).

• The rate of suicide among adolescents and young adults aged 10 to 29 in Missouri was 14.29 per 100,000 persons in 2010. This exceeded the national average of 12.43 per 100,000 (CDC, 2010).


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