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Child Abuse Fact Sheet

In 2014, there were 12 abused children for every 1,000 in the Mid-Hudson Valley region, lower than the state (excluding NYC) rate of 16. The region’s rate of child abuse decreased by 1%, while the state (excluding NYC) increased 20% from 2000 to 2014. Child abuse rates were consistently lowest in Orange County (9 per 1,000 in 2014) while Ulster and Dutchess had higher rates, 17 and 16 respectively in 2014.


In New York State in 2010, 114 children died as a result of abuse or neglect, a fatality rate of 2.58 per 100,000 children, according to Child Maltreatment 2010. This is a 4.4 percent increase from 109 fatalities that occurred in 2009.

Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving 6 million children.

The United States has the worst record of the industrialized nations – five children every day lose their life due to abuse-related deaths.

Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.

More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way.

In 2012, there were 161,992 statewide reports of child abuse in NYS according to the OCFS NYS Central Register of Child Abuse. Of these 161,992 reports, 46,659 were indicated.

Indicated reports are those in which there is credible evidence that a child has experienced abuse, neglect or maltreatment from a parent or legal guardian. This includes sexual abuse committed or allowed by a parent or guardian.


The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2012 is $124 billion.

The Center works with children, youth, parents, the general public, mandated reporters (such as teachers, medical professionals, and daycare providers) civic groups, schools and other agencies to prevent child abuse and neglect. Please call and find out how you can help us keep our children safe in Dutchess County. Financial contributions are always greatly appreciated.

In 2013, the rate of teen pregnancies in the Mid-Hudson Valley region was 2.6%, on par with the statewide (excluding NYC) rate and down 51% from 2000. The decline across the region mirrors the statewide trend. Teen pregnancy was higher in Orange and Ulster counties (3.0% and 2.4% respectively) than in Dutchess (2.1.%) in 2013.

There were 12.4 bullying incidents in the region for every 1,000 students in 2013, above the state (excluding NYC) rate of 11.4. The regional rate fell 9% from 2004 through 2013. In 2013, Dutchess County had the lowest rate of bullying incidents at 9.8 per 1,000 students, followed by Orange with 12.7 and Ulster with 16.4. Some school districts had especially high rates in 2013, including Pine Plains in Dutchess, Valley in Orange, and Marlboro and Kingston in Ulster.

The accuracy of the data depends on students reporting bullying behavior, and on schools accurately reporting to the state. Although the state has provided guidance to schools on how incidents should be reported, there can be variations in how that guidance is interpreted by school officials. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.