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Child Abuse Rate

This indicator shows the number of children aged 5-11 who have experienced abuse in cases per 1,000 children.
The rate includes an unduplicated count of children who were victims of at least one verified maltreatment.

Child Abuse Rate

13.8
18.6
Comparison: FL Counties 

6.3

cases/1,000 children aged 5-11
Measurement Period: 2012

County: Miami-Dade

Categories: Social Environment / Children's Social Environment, Health / Children's Health
Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 67 Florida counties.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: August 2013
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Why is this important?

There are several types of child abuse including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Child abuse and neglect can have enduring physical, intellectual, and psychological repercussions into adolescence and adulthood. All types of child abuse and neglect have long lasting effects throughout life, damaging a child's sense of self, ability to have healthy relationships, and ability to function at home, at work, and at school.

More Details:

According to the Children's Trust 2008 Indicators of Child Well-being Report, in communities with high concentrations of immigrant populations such as Miami-Dade County, rates of reporting both child abuse and domestic violence may be negatively affected by the numerous cultural, economic, legal and practical factors that combine to prevent immigrant children and intimate partners who are abused from seeking help. This can occur either because they are unaware of available services or want to avoid contact with governmental and law enforcement agencies because of perceived consequences.

Child Abuse Rate : Time Series

2006: 5.8 2007: 5.6 2008: 4.0 2009: 4.3 2010: 5.8 2011: 6.8 2012: 6.3

cases/1,000 children aged 5-11


Indicates a change in methodology
2011  Rates calculated prior to 2011 do not reflect the population revisions made by the Florida Department of Health. The population data for 2001-2010, along with rates affected by the population data, were revised in August 2012.

Child Abuse Rate

Comparison: Prior Value 

6.3

cases/1,000 children aged 5-11
Measurement Period: 2012

County: Miami-Dade

Categories: Social Environment / Children's Social Environment, Health / Children's Health
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: August 2013

Why is this important?

There are several types of child abuse including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Child abuse and neglect can have enduring physical, intellectual, and psychological repercussions into adolescence and adulthood. All types of child abuse and neglect have long lasting effects throughout life, damaging a child's sense of self, ability to have healthy relationships, and ability to function at home, at work, and at school.

More Details:

According to the Children's Trust 2008 Indicators of Child Well-being Report, in communities with high concentrations of immigrant populations such as Miami-Dade County, rates of reporting both child abuse and domestic violence may be negatively affected by the numerous cultural, economic, legal and practical factors that combine to prevent immigrant children and intimate partners who are abused from seeking help. This can occur either because they are unaware of available services or want to avoid contact with governmental and law enforcement agencies because of perceived consequences.

Child Abuse Rate : Time Series

2006: 5.8 2007: 5.6 2008: 4.0 2009: 4.3 2010: 5.8 2011: 6.8 2012: 6.3

cases/1,000 children aged 5-11


Indicates a change in methodology
2011  Rates calculated prior to 2011 do not reflect the population revisions made by the Florida Department of Health. The population data for 2001-2010, along with rates affected by the population data, were revised in August 2012.