Families
Child Abuse and Neglect
Source: Arkansas Department of Human Services
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect (True Reports)
2019
Arkansas County6.8
Ashley County5.6
Baxter County10.9
Benton County4.6
Boone County16.1
Bradley County5.5
Calhoun County5.7
Carroll County9.6
Chicot County6.5
Clark County5.9
Clay County6.2
Cleburne County10.2
Cleveland County8.6
Columbia County5.1
Conway County8.7
Craighead County11.2
Crawford County8.3
Crittenden County6.3
Cross County9.7
Dallas County12.4
Desha County5.5
Drew County6.1
Faulkner County5.3
Franklin County10.4
Fulton County7.9
Garland County8.2
Grant County4.6
Greene County9.7
Hempstead County4.9
Hot Spring County5.6
Howard County3.3
Independence County8.6
Izard County9.7
Jackson County15.7
Jefferson County5.5
Johnson County5.0
Lafayette County6.2
Lawrence County8.5
Lee County6.4
Lincoln County7.5
Little River County8.0
Logan County9.8
Lonoke County4.7
Madison County13.4
Marion County11.4
Miller County7.1
Mississippi County7.5
Monroe County7.8
Montgomery County8.0
Nevada County8.0
Newton County9.4
Ouachita County8.1
Perry County7.0
Phillips County5.1
Pike County4.9
Poinsett County15.3
Polk County9.5
Pope County7.8
Prairie County6.5
Pulaski County4.8
Randolph County9.6
Saline County4.4
Scott County8.8
Searcy County8.1
Sebastian County8.4
Sevier County5.7
Sharp County9.9
St. Francis County7.2
Stone County9.9
Union County5.9
Van Buren County7.7
Washington County5.7
White County10.2
Woodruff County13.4
Yell County9.7

Source: Arkansas Department of Human Services
Notes: Rate is per 1,000 children under 18.




Number of True Reports
2019
Arkansas County29
Ashley County27
Baxter County85
Benton County342
Boone County145
Bradley County15
Calhoun County6
Carroll County62
Chicot County16
Clark County28
Clay County21
Cleburne County51
Cleveland County16
Columbia County28
Conway County43
Craighead County320
Crawford County136
Crittenden County87
Cross County40
Dallas County20
Desha County17
Drew County26
Faulkner County163
Franklin County45
Fulton County21
Garland County174
Grant County20
Greene County113
Hempstead County29
Hot Spring County41
Howard County12
Independence County83
Izard County25
Jackson County56
Jefferson County88
Johnson County35
Lafayette County8
Lawrence County33
Lee County11
Lincoln County18
Little River County23
Logan County49
Lonoke County93
Madison County55
Marion County37
Miller County77
Mississippi County85
Monroe County12
Montgomery County14
Nevada County16
Newton County15
Ouachita County45
Perry County17
Phillips County25
Pike County12
Poinsett County93
Polk County46
Pope County122
Prairie County11
Pulaski County457
Randolph County43
Saline County129
Scott County22
Searcy County14
Sebastian County271
Sevier County29
Sharp County37
St. Francis County41
Stone County25
Union County58
Van Buren County27
Washington County353
White County198
Woodruff County20
Yell County54

Source: Arkansas Department of Human Services
Notes: Number of reports of maltreatment or abuse found to be true.



NATIONAL RANKING
34

OUT OF 51
2018

STATE TREND

Decreasing


12.1

2019

What does this measure?

The number of children in reports of maltreatment or abuse of children under age 18 found to be true, expressed as a rate per 1,000 children.

Why is this important?

Child abuse and neglect affect children's health now and into the future. Children experiencing maltreatment can suffer from poor mental and physical health well into adulthood.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2019, 12 children per 1,000 reported to be abused or neglected, down from nearly 15 in 2012 but higher than the national rate of 9 (based on 2018 data, the latest nationally available). This makes Arkansas 34th in the nation for this indicator. Among major racial and ethnic groups, rates were highest for white children at 14, and were 13 for black children and 6.5 for Hispanic children (based on 2017 data, the latest available).

County-level data was only available as number of true reports (not children in reports). In 2019, counties with the highest rates of reports per 1,000 children were Boone, Jackson and Poinsett at 15 or more, and those with the lowest were Pike, Hemstead, Pulaski, Lonoke, Grant, Benton, Saline, and Howard with less than 5.

Notes about the data

State and national data report the number of victims of child abuse and neglect, expressed as a rate per 1,000 children under 18. A child maltreatment victim is defined as a child who is the subject of a substantiated, indicated, or "alternative response" maltreatment report. A child is counted only once as a victim regardless of the number of times he or she was found to be a victim during the reporting year. For subgroups, the traditional race and ethnicity breakdown displays non-Hispanic race categories and Hispanic children of any race. State and national data and subgroup data breakouts are from the U.S. Administration for Children and Families.

Child-level data was not available for counties. County data reflects the number of reports found to be true in each county, per 1,000 children in the county.




Source: Arkansas Department of Human Services, U.S. Administration for Children and Families


Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect (Child Victims)
20122013201420152016201720182019
Arkansas14.513.312.912.813.612.612.312.1

Source: Arkansas Department of Human Services, U.S. Administration for Children and Families
Notes: Rate is per 1,000 children under 18.




Number of Child Victims of Abuse and Neglect
20122013201420152016201720182019
Arkansas10,9279,9699,6759,54310,1179,3649,1208,981

Source: Arkansas Department of Human Services, U.S. Administration for Children and Families
Notes: Number of children involved in reports of maltreatment or abuse which the state found to be true.






Source: U.S. Administration for Children and Families


Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect by Race/Ethnicity
Alaska Native/American IndianAsianBlackHispanicNative Hawaiian/Other Pacific IslanderTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas1.90.812.96.513.227.914.0

Source: U.S. Administration for Children and Families
Notes: Rate is per 1,000 children under 18.




Number of Child Victims of Abuse and Neglect, by Race/Ethnicity
Alaska Native/American IndianAsianBlackHispanicNative Hawaiian/Other Pacific IslanderTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas991,633569477286,263

Source: U.S. Administration for Children and Families
Notes: A child maltreatment victim is defined as a child who is the subject of a substantiated, indicated, or 'alternative response' maltreatment report. A child is counted only once as a victim regardless of the number of times he or she was found to be a victim during the reporting year. The traditional race and ethnicity breakdown displays non-Hispanic race categories and Hispanic children of any race.









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable


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