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Idaho Emergency Rooms See Marked Increase In Child Abuse Injuries

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The financial and emotional stress of COVID-19 is affecting Idaho families. Heartbreakingly, this has resulted in a measurable increase in child abuse cases with some serious enough to result in emergency care at hospitals.

This is a trend we are seeing across the country and it’s on all of us to be those extra eyes and ears for spotting child abuse since the traditional social structures — like school — are not in place that would typically identify this. 

 

Joining Idaho Matters to talk more about this are Dr. Kendra Bowman and Dr. Matthew of St. Luke's Children's Hospital. 

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Hi! I’m Gemma Gaudette, the host of the award-winning show, Idaho Matters. During the day you’ll find me researching and writing about all the fascinating topics we tackle on our show. And of course, at noon, each weekday you’ll find me live behind the microphone as Idaho Matters airs.