As part of the process for preparing its Regional Prevention Plan, the Southeast Ohio Regional Prevention Council performed a needs assessment to identify factors affecting child abuse and neglect in the region.
The Needs Assessment compiled data about child and family risk and protective factors in the region in order to identify the scope of the problem in Southeast Ohio and see where gaps in services exist. Once the Needs Assessment was complete, the Regional Prevention Council could develop a Prevention Plan to prioritize funding requests for programs to meet the identified needs.
Abuse & Neglect Reports in Southeast Ohio
A snapshot from the Southeast Regional Needs Assessment provides these statistics related to child abuse and neglect allegations in the region as of 2016, the last year for which the work group could obtain report data.
- Neglect reports per 1,000 residents — 28.2
- Physical abuse reports per 1,000 residents — 20.5
- Sexual abuse reports per 1,000 residents — 6.5
- Psychological/emotional abuse reports per 1,000 residents — 1.3
According to the Needs Assessment, the overall rates of allegations of child neglect and sexual abuse were more frequent in the Southeast Region compared to the state as a whole in 2016.
- Neglect reports per 1,000 residents — 6.9
- Physical abuse reports per 1,000 residents — 5.2
- Sexual abuse reports per 1,000 residents — 2.5
- Psychological/emotional abuse reports per 1,000 residents — 0.1
According to the Needs Assessment, the rates of substantiated allegations of child neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse were more frequent in the Southeast Region compared to the state as a whole in 2016.
However, it’s likely that many instances of child abuse and neglect go unreported. The federally-funded Fourth National Incidence Study (NIS) of Child Abuse and Neglect found that 2.5 times as many children are maltreated each year as are actually reported to Child Protective Service agencies, estimating one child in every 25 in the U.S. is maltreated.
Data in the Needs Assessment
For a full picture of factors affecting child abuse and neglect in Southeast Ohio, the Needs Assessment provides data and analysis related to:
- Family risk factors
- Poverty in the region
- Community factors and supports
Access the full Needs Assessment for a comprehensive view of the scope of the child abuse and neglect issue in Southeast Ohio.