Nationally and in the District of Columbia, most reports and substantiations of child maltreatment are neglect, followed by physical abuse and sexual abuse.
Neglect occurs when parents or caretakers do not provide proper supervision, control, subsistence, education as required by law, or other care necessary for healthy development. By itself, lack of financial means to provide for a child is not neglect.
Physical abuse is non-accidental injury of a child by a parent or caretaker.
Sexual abuse is exploitation of a child for the sexual gratification of an adult or older child.
To report child abuse and neglect in the District, call 202-671-SAFE.