By the numbers: Child abuse and neglect in Texas and Austin area


With April declared National Child Abuse Prevention Month, child advocacy groups and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas are calling for public vigilance against child abuse or neglect in their community. Some statistics for the state and Central Texas:

222: The number of children who died in Texas as a result of abuse and neglect from Sept. 1, 2015, to Aug. 31, 2016, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

900: The number of children provided abuse consultations by Dell Children’s Child Abuse Resource and Education team last year.

20.1: Number of Child Protective Services investigations of abuse or neglect in Austin metro area counties — Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop and Caldwell — in 2016 for every 1,000 children.

22.3: Number of CPS investigations in Travis County alone in 2016 for every 1,000 children.

10,311: Total number of CPS investigations in Austin metro area counties in 2016.

6,356: Total number of CPS investigations in Travis County in 2016.



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