Fresno-area officials fear child abuse going unreported amid coronavirus quarantine []


By Yesenia Amaro, The Fresno Bee, April 7, 2020

Fresno County child welfare investigators worry many child abuse cases may be left unreported while residents shelter amid the coronavirus pandemic – leaving young victims locked inside with their abusers.

Tricia Gonzalez, director of child welfare at the Fresno County Department of Social Services, said abuse reports are down about 36% since mid-March when Fresno County began shuttering all nonessential functions.

But she said she doesn’t believe there’s been less abuse. She said she worries the pressure of the public health crisis, coupled with growing financial struggles, has left many children stuck in a bad situation.

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