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How Big a Problem is Child Abuse in Monroe County? Local Statistics

We, at the Monroe County Child Protective Services (CPS) recognizes that mandated reporters need feedback about how well the system is working. While we are prohibited by State Law from giving details on the outcomes of specific cases, we can share with you some of our program reports of local statistics. Over the past five years, we have registered and investigated an average of 7,300 calls to the Child Abuse Hotline. Tables 1 and 2 show the number and types of reports of suspected child abuse and neglect called into the Hotline in Monroe County over the last five years.  After our investigation of these Hotline reports, about one quarter of these reports turn out to be indicated (ie. evidence of abuse or neglect is found). See Chart of Outcomes of Calls to Hotline in Monroe County.

TABLE 1. Reports of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect from Hotline Calls, Monroe County 2006–2010
 

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Type
# of reports
Rate
#of reports
Rate
#of reports
Rate
#of reports
Rate
#of reports
Rate
Physical Abuse
30 * 67 * 62 * 86 * 79 *
Neglect
6,240 * 6,375 * 6,921 * 6,986 * 7,366 *
Sexual Abuse
468 * 506 * 470 * 502 * 459 *
TOTAL 6,738 30.9 6,948 32.0 7,453 34.7 7,574 34.5 7,904 *
 Rate = number of reports/1000 children in Monroe County
* = Information not available from New York State
Source: Monroe County Child Protective Services, Department of Human Services


TABLE 2. Types of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect from Hotline Calls, Monroe County
2006–2010

Type % of total report Examples
Physical Abuse 0.9% 324 cases of fatalities, severe fractures, severe lacerations, sub-dural hematomas, internal injuries, severe burns, severe malnutrition/failure to thrive
Sexual Abuse 6.6% 2,405 cases of sexual contact, sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse, prostitution, incest, using a child in a sexual performance
Neglect 92.5% 33,888 cases of fractures, lacerations, bruises, welts, burns, excessive corporal punishment, allowing or encouraging child’s drug/alcohol use, lack of medical care, malnutrition/failure to thrive, educational neglect, emotional neglect, lack of food/clothing/shelter, lack of supervision, abandonment
TOTAL 36,617(100%)  
Source: Monroe County Child Protective Services, Department of Human Services