October is Domestic Violence Awareness month! How fitting that we are reading a chapter on child abuse right now. To make this content extremely relevant, I want us to unpack emerging statistics on child abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is from a (reputable) public health researcher who manages a FB account called “Your Local Epidemiologist” (YLE). She recently shared some emerging statistics (e.g., not yet published, because, well, that takes a while to go through the writing and publication process) from her university research laboratory.
What I am asking you to do this week for the discussion board, is to critique this data using the information provided in the post below. Does she discuss unreported, unsubstantiated/unfounded, and/or unrecorded cases of child abuse and neglect? Without knowing these concepts, what might someone interpret the data as? Knowing these concepts and the social context of 2020, what would you interpret the data as? What does this teach us about 1) the three categories of crime, and 2) the impact of mandatory reporting laws? Why does YLE say, “Recently, though, we have seen child abuse hospital visits start to increase. Even though it seems counterintuitive, this is a good thing.”? Finally, brainstorm what might be done and what resources would be needed in order to address issues of child abuse and neglect in a pandemic.
https://yourlocalepidemiologist.substack.com/p/cov…Links to an external site.