Safety >> Domestic Violence >> Child Protective Services Referral Trends

From 2000 to 2012, accepted referrals to Child Protective Services did not change.

Violence in the home kills, injures, and is a major cause of homelessness among women and children. Witnessing and experiencing family violence increases the likelihood that children will themselves become abusers or victims as adults.

Rates of domestic violence crimes against children are difficult to estimate because much child abuse goes unreported. Child Protective Services (CPS) receives reports of suspected abuse involving children in King County.  An “accepted referral” does not mean abuse has occurred, but that the case was screened according to legal guidelines and found to warrant further investigation.  No data are available on the proportion of accepted referrals in King County that find actual abuse or neglect.

  • In 2012, Child Protective Services accepted referrals for investigation involving 9,562 King County children from birth to age 17. This represented 2.4% of all children in King County. 
  • Rates of accepted referrals are lower for teenagers than for children from birth to age 5.
  • The rate of accepted referrals for children by age and overall has not changed in the last 13 years.
  • See Notes & Sources for data table showing numbers and percentages of accepted referrals by age and for all ages.