Families
Child Abuse and Neglect
Source: Arkansas Department of Human Services
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect (True Reports)
2018
Arkansas County7.7
Ashley County6.7
Baxter County9.4
Benton County4.1
Boone County11.4
Bradley County7.0
Calhoun County6.7
Carroll County9.4
Chicot County6.4
Clark County7.3
Clay County5.3
Cleburne County11.7
Cleveland County4.7
Columbia County6.6
Conway County8.5
Craighead County8.5
Crawford County8.9
Crittenden County7.3
Cross County6.4
Dallas County11.5
Desha County5.0
Drew County8.2
Faulkner County6.4
Franklin County11.6
Fulton County13.3
Garland County5.7
Grant County6.0
Greene County11.7
Hempstead County6.4
Hot Spring County7.1
Howard County5.1
Independence County9.0
Izard County16.9
Jackson County12.4
Jefferson County4.4
Johnson County11.6
Lafayette County6.6
Lawrence County7.1
Lee County4.4
Lincoln County8.3
Little River County8.4
Logan County10.1
Lonoke County7.4
Madison County12.1
Marion County11.0
Miller County6.0
Mississippi County7.7
Monroe County8.9
Montgomery County5.7
Nevada County5.6
Newton County14.3
Ouachita County10.8
Perry County4.9
Phillips County5.8
Pike County4.5
Poinsett County11.1
Polk County7.0
Pope County7.3
Prairie County2.8
Pulaski County4.1
Randolph County9.5
Saline County4.4
Scott County13.3
Searcy County9.4
Sebastian County9.6
Sevier County7.7
Sharp County14.6
St. Francis County7.1
Stone County10.5
Union County7.0
Van Buren County14.8
Washington County7.4
White County8.5
Woodruff County14.5
Yell County6.8

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




Number of True Reports
2018
Arkansas County33
Ashley County33
Baxter County72
Benton County306
Boone County101
Bradley County19
Calhoun County7
Carroll County61
Chicot County16
Clark County35
Clay County18
Cleburne County59
Cleveland County9
Columbia County36
Conway County42
Craighead County242
Crawford County145
Crittenden County102
Cross County27
Dallas County19
Desha County16
Drew County36
Faulkner County197
Franklin County51
Fulton County35
Garland County120
Grant County26
Greene County135
Hempstead County38
Hot Spring County52
Howard County19
Independence County86
Izard County45
Jackson County45
Jefferson County73
Johnson County81
Lafayette County9
Lawrence County27
Lee County8
Lincoln County21
Little River County24
Logan County51
Lonoke County147
Madison County49
Marion County34
Miller County66
Mississippi County90
Monroe County14
Montgomery County10
Nevada County11
Newton County23
Ouachita County61
Perry County12
Phillips County29
Pike County11
Poinsett County68
Polk County34
Pope County114
Prairie County5
Pulaski County399
Randolph County40
Saline County130
Scott County34
Searcy County16
Sebastian County313
Sevier County39
Sharp County57
St. Francis County42
Stone County27
Union County70
Van Buren County51
Washington County450
White County168
Woodruff County21
Yell County38

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



NATIONAL RANKING
35

OUT OF 51
2017

STATE TREND

Decreasing


12.2

2018

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 2018, 12 children per 1,000 reported to be abused or neglected, down from nearly 16 in 2011 but higher than the national rate of 9. This makes Arkansas 35th in the nation for this indicator. Among major racial and ethnic groups, rates were highest for white children at 14, and were 12.9 for black children and 6.5 for Hispanic children.

County-level data was only available as number of true reports (not children in reports). In 2018, counties with the highest rates of reports per 1,000 children were Izard, Sharp, Woodruff and Van Buren at 15 or more, and those with the lowest were Jefferson, Pulaski, Benton, Lee, Saline, and Prairie 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)
2012201320142015201620172018
Arkansas14.613.313.012.813.612.612.2

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
2012201320142015201620172018
Arkansas10,9279,9699,6759,54310,1179,3649,120

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 Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
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 Maintaining
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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