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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