Massachusetts had the highest rate of child abuse and neglect in the nation during the 2014 fiscal year, according to a new report, per The Boston Globe.
The report, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, found that in the federal fiscal year ending on September 30, 2014, 31,863 children were abused and neglected — equaling 22.9 victims per 1,000 children across the state, according to the Globe.
The number of victimized children in the state in 2014 was 57 percent higher than the previous year.
State officials said the increased rate from the previous year was due to public awareness after cases ended in tragedy and the state’s Department of Children and Families overhauled procedures for investigating allegations of abuse, the Globe reports.
Read the full Globe report here.