Child Abuse Protection Bill

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine)  – Christina J. Allen, executive director of the Family Time Crisis and Counseling Center, says that there are more and more families who are running from domestic violence. There were numerous women and children who had to be denied help during the pandemic simply because there weren’t enough beds.

There are many abuse relief workers who are watching the “growing debate in Congress” concerning the overgrowth of child abuse cases. The question is whether or not the government should “beef up” abuse prevention situations. This would include “providing $270 million to local shelters.”

This proposal was passed in March by the House and is about to go to the Senate. It aims “to shield millions of children from violence as families hit hard by joblessness and other pandemic-driven stresses are seeing a surge in abuse cases.”

Providing more education about child abuse is first on the list. Detecting the abuse and funding community programs is next. And, last, the program must support the immigrant communities. Those communities are most vulnerable to low-income problems.

Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) are attempting to get the bills passed “after the Senate declined last year to advance the measure.”

Burr commented, “It’s essential that we acknowledge and understand the scope of child abuse and neglect during and after the pandemic and do everything we can to better protect our nation’s children. There is no greater responsibility we have to the next generation than keeping them safe.”

Murray is urging the senators to support the bill. Support of the bill is essential “to keep every child safe and strengthen our child protective services system.” On Thursday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee advanced the bill unanimously.

This pandemic has left so many families together for long periods of time. This created a great deal of anxiety. There was also the loss of income. The entire situation became a “breeding ground for child abuse.”

In the past, many children found refuge with caretakers and other programs, and these safe places were shut down. “Social pressure, poverty, and mental health struggles are all factors that can drive child abuse.”

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