VOLUME 13, ISSUE 8 APRIL 24MAY 21, 2020
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PANDEMIC Georgetown in themidst of a As residents continue to shelter-in-place, the Georgetown Square is uncharacteristically quiet at 5 p.m. on April 1. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Experts fear a rise in child abuse issues due to coronavirus stressors, no school
Average daily number of calls normally received in the month of March
BY ALI LINAN
Kerrie Stannell, Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center CEO, said while the center usually receives an average of 20-30 reports of child abuse in the county a day, it is now receiving an average of eight to 10.
Children’s advocacy centers across Texas are seeing a reduction in the
Teachers are the No. 1 reporters of child abuse in America, but with kids not in school due to the coronavirus pandemic, experts on the ground are seeing less cases reported but under- stand it does notmean less abuse is hap- pening. In fact, they fear the opposite.
REPORTS < 1,000
number of statewide intake reports they receive at this time of the year.
Average daily number of calls received this March
SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES, WILLIAMSON COUNTY CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTERCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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