Presents national estimates of children abducted by family members in 1999, their demographic characteristics, and the characteristics of perpetrators and episodes. The Bulletin is part of a series summarizing findings from the second National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART-2). Of the estimated 203,900 children who experienced a family abduction, 117,200 were classified as caretaker missing and 56,500 were reported as missing to law enforcement or other agencies. Younger children were at greatest risk of being abducted by a family member. Use of threats or physical force was uncommon. The Bulletin also discusses policy implications of the findings.
NISMART Series Bulletin
United States Department of Justice
Hammer, Heather; Finkelhor, David and Sedlack, Andrea J. Children abducted by family members: National estimates and characteristics. Juvenile Justice Bulletin – NCJ196466, (pgs. 1-12). Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office.