Children and Families
Number of Child Abuse and Neglect Victims
Definition: The number of child abuse victims from reports classified as "probable cause". Probable cause can mean the child is receiving a family assessment because of suspicion of abuse or that child abuse or neglect has occurred. The rate is expressed per 1,000 children.
Rationale: A key indicator of child/family well-being. This benchmark meets most Boone County Indicators criteria. Because prevention efforts are organized, this benchmark is important to track over time.
Data Source: Missouri Department of Social Services http://www.dss.mo.gov; United States Department of Commerce http://www.commerce.gov, Bureau of the Census www.census.gov,
Missouri Office of Administration http://www.oa.mo.gov,
Division of Budget and Planning www.oa.mo.gov/bp/.