Throughout the text certain conventions are used in terminology. These include the following.
- The term State(s) is used to include the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
- The national registry of perpetrators of child abuse and neglect is referred to as "a national registry" or "the registry." If any other registry is discussed, its full name or reference is used.
- All perpetrators, unless otherwise designated, are persons who have been determined by a child welfare agency to have abused or neglected a child. Persons alleged to be perpetrators are not included in this designation. Nor does the designation refer only or even primarily to those persons convicted of a criminal or civil offense – judicial determinations have been made in only a small percentage of these cases. The terms child abuse and neglect, child abuse or neglect, and child maltreatment are used interchangeably.
- Unless otherwise specified, all percentages are based upon the information provided by the 36 States that responded. While the majority of responding States replied to the three surveys, some States responded to fewer; thus the number 36 does not refer to the same States in each case.
- The term data repository is used for potential State data sources, since these may or may not be actual "registries" of perpetrators
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