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Local domestic violence experts say pandemic creates conditions ripe for abuse

Original post made on Apr 22, 2020

"Imagine being quarantined in the most dangerous place for you." That terrifying thought is a reality for people experiencing abuse in their homes from an intimate partner, local experts say.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 10:27 AM

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Posted by Menlo Mom
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Apr 22, 2020 at 1:49 pm

I also find the significant drop in child abuse cases concerning. (One this year down from five last year.) Hard to tell if five is a "normal" number for this period of time, or if it was an anomaly. But one can only assume that any child abuse cases that may be happening during shelter-in-place are not being reported. So many child abuse cases are reported by people outside the immediate family: school, pediatrician, etc. I spoke recently with a good friend who works with at-risk families in a different community, and she said that child abuse during quarantine is her number one concern. Not only are instances ripe for the possibility of abuse (as mentioned in the article) but there's also no safe space (i.e. school) to spend the bulk of your day in, and no outside individuals to witness any evidence.

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