Child Maltreatment Statistics

Child Maltreatment is defined by the CDC as any act or series of acts commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) that results in harm , potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child. 

Acts of Commission (Child Abuse)
Words or overt actions that cause harm, potential harm, or threat of harm

Acts of commision are deliberate and intentional; however, har to a child might not be intended consequence. Intention only applies to caregiver acts - not the consequences of these acts. For example, a caregiver might intend to hit a child as punishment (i.e., hitting a child is not accidental or unintentional), but not intend to cause the child to have a concussion. The following types of maltreatment involves acts of commision:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Psychological Abuse


Acts of Omission (Child Neglect)
Failure to provide needs or to protect from harm or potential harm

Acts of omission are the failure to provide for a child's basic physical, emotional, or educational needs or to protect a child from harm or potential harm. Like acts of commission, harm to child might not be intended consequence. The following types of maltreatment involve acts of omission:

  • Physical Neglect
  • Emotional Neglect
  • Medical and Dental Neglect
  • Educational Neglect
  • Inadequate supervision
  • Exposure to Violent Environments


Shasta County Statistics for 2014



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