Measuring child Maltreatment Using the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System All Injury Program, United States, 2000-01

Courtney B. Pippen, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Gene A. Shelley, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Linda E. Saltzman, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Monica H. Swahn, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Eben M. Ingram, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Patricia Holmgreen, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

ABSTRACT
Currently, the source for estimates on the prevalence and incidence of child maltreatment is the child protective service system. However, many cases of child maltreatment never come to the attention of the CPS system and, therefore, the number of cases is underestimated. With the development of the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System All Injury Program (NEISS- AIP), there is an opportunity to develop more accurate estimates of the occurrence of child maltreatment across the United States. Included in the NEISS-AIP data is information on injuries to children ages 0-17 caused by assaults; both sexual assaults and other forms of assault. These data have been analyzed for their utility for detecting injury cases attributable to child maltreatment. This presentation will provide estimates of injury due to child maltreatment for a year of data (2000-2001). Information will be provided on the ages of the victims, the mechanism of injury, and the relationship of the perpetrators to the victims.

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Updated 05/20/2006