Statistical Facts

Child Abuse and Neglect

  • In 2016, Louisiana had 46,606 total referrals for child abuse and neglect. Of those, 23,796 reports were referred for investigation.
  • In 2016, there were 11,289 victims of abuse or neglect in Louisiana, a rate of 10.1 per 1,000 children, a decrease of 10.6% from 2015. Of these children, 85.8% were neglected, 15.0% were physically abused, and 5.3% were sexually abused.
  • The number of child victims has decreased 10.6% in comparison to the number of victims in 2015.
  • In 2016, there were 41 child deaths resulting from abuse or neglect reported in Louisiana. 
  • 4,461 children in Louisiana lived apart from their families in out-of-home care in 2016, compared with 4,545 children in 2015. 
  • The number of children living apart from their families in out-of-home care has decreased 1% in comparison to the number of children in out-of-home care in 2015.
  • 166 children in Louisiana aged out of out-of-home care—exited foster care to emancipation—in 2015.
  • In 2016, there were less than 10 reports of children in Louisiana aged 10 to 14 committing suicide, and 27 reports of suicide among children aged 15 to 19.
  • In 2017, of the more than 1.1 million children under the age of 18 living in Louisiana, nearly one in every 2,000 of those children was a victim of sexual abuse.

References

Information acquired from www.cwla.org