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Child abuse will spike with stressed families stuck at home during quarantine, experts say

By March 25, 2020January 8th, 2021ChildSafe In The News
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Child abuse is predicted to rise as families are stuck at home during the COVID-19 self-quarantine period.

Experts say it’s similar to what happens during summer or winter breaks — cases spike.

“It’s even worse when there’s so much stress when people aren’t working. They’re worried about people being sick in their family,” said Childsafe CEO Kim Abernathy.

ChildSafe is a San Antonio agency that offers trauma-focused care for children who have been abused or neglected.

Abernathy said in a typical situation, teachers and health care providers are trained to look for the signs.

“Because schools are closed down, the children aren’t being seen by anyone, so that’s always a red flag for us,” Abernathy said.

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