About This Dataset

Dataset contains child abuse/neglect statistics by calendar year and by county. Maltreatment levels are defined as follows:
  • Unconfirmed – child abuse/neglect did not occur.
  • Confirmed – child abuse/neglect occurred but it was minor, isolated, and not likely to reoccur, and perpetrator not placed on child abuse registry.
  • Founded – child abuse / neglect occurred, the abuse was not minor, and perpetrator’s name placed on the child abuse registry.


- Provide information regarding the number and disposition of maltreatment reports investigated by DHS. A single report may include multiple children, and each child may have multiple types of alleged maltreatment. If any of these allegations for any child is confirmed, the entire report is counted as a confirmed report. If any of the confirmed allegations conclude that the perpetrator should be placed on the child abuse registry, the report is counted as founded.

Unique Children
- Provides a count of unique children by maltreatment level. Each child abuse report may have multiple children indicated, and a single child may have more than one abuse report in a given year. This section of the report indicates only the most adverse outcome for the child during the calendar year. If a child had multiple reports in multiple counties, that child would be counted in the county in which the most adverse outcome was recorded.

Duplicate Children - Because a child may be the alleged victim on more than one abuse report during the year, duplicate children summarizes the total number of children by maltreatment level by county. If a child was on multiple reports in multiple counties, that child will be counted for each county and maltreatment outcome level indicated during the calendar year.

Type of Abuse - Provides a breakdown of confirmed/founded maltreatment by the abuse type. For each child on each report, up to 10 maltreatment types may be indicated. The dataset summarizes the number of each type of allegation which was confirmed or founded for all child protective reports during the calendar year. Due to a change in state statute, Cohabitation w/ a Registered Sex Offender was discontinued as of June 30, 2009, and Allows Access by Registered Sex Offender was added as of July 1, 2009.

Age - Provides a breakdown by age for all confirmed/founded maltreatment victims. If a child had multiple reports during the year, the age is counted for the most adverse outcome experienced by the child. For a small number of victims, the date of birth information may be unavailable -- these victims are not classified.

Preferred Citation

Child Maltreatment Statistical Report, Bureau of Planning and Research, Iowa Department of Human Services

Data Source


Period of Coverage

01/01/2005 to 12/31/2013

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