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Child Abuse Awareness Month During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

Educational Objective
To understand how risk of child abuse increases during events such as pandemics
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April is Child Abuse Awareness month, even during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Social isolation, the public health measure now in place across the world, is also a proven risk factor for child abuse. Other risks include stress, uncertain access to food and housing, and worries about making ends meet. Owing to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize that parents and caregivers feel overwhelmed with these stresses. They may be experiencing job loss, childcare struggles, and schedule changes.

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