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Child abuse and neglect reports in Wisconsin

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These data represent the number of reports made to a county's Child Protective Services office. Each report represents a referral made to a county's Child Protective Services (CPS) that involves allegations of child abuse or neglect. One CPS report can involve multiple children, or multiple allegations involving the same child.

The rate represents the number of abuse and neglect reports for a given year per 1,000 children ages birth to 17 in the state or county. This rate is calculated by the Department of Children and Families and presented in its reports.

These data may have been influenced by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, starting in 2020.

Data Source

Data are from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families' annual Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Report.

Last Updated

December 2023