Rereporting and Recurrence of Child Maltreatment: Findings from NCANDS: Research Brief. What proportion of reported children were rereported or revictimized, and when?


  • Approximately one-third of children who are the subjects of first maltreatment reports were rereported within 5 years.
  • Most subsequent reports occurred within a few months after the initial report.
  • After 3 years, approximately 72 percent of children had no further contact with CPS.
  • Among the remaining 28 percent, almost 17 percent had one more report and 11 percent of children had multiple reports.
  • Among children determined to be victims of maltreatment for the first time, 17 percent became victims again within 5 years.
  • As with subsequent maltreatment reports, most subsequent victimizations occurred within a few months after the initial report.

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