child abuse

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Children with severe mental illnesses encounter many barriers to treatment. But some parents have discovered a workaround of last resort: they can trade custody for treatment.

It's increasingly clear that bad experiences during childhood are associated with long-lasting health effects, including higher rates of heart disease, diabetes and depression. And childhood abuse in particular has been associated with psychiatric problems and chronic diseases years down the line. But whether that translates to a higher risk of early death for abuse survivors isn't well studied.

In Fort Worth, Doctors Want To Use Technology To Predict Child Abuse

Apr 18, 2016
One example of predictive analytics through Risk Terrain Modeling.
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Doctors at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas are used to treating cases of abuse, but what they'd really like to do is prevent it. So they're experimenting with "big data" technology that could help predict neighborhoods where kids are most likely to be abused.

 


Laws intended to protect children from abuse and neglect are not being properly enforced, and the federal government is to blame. That's according to a study by the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, which says children are suffering as a result.

The numbers are grim. Almost 680,000 children in the United States were the victims of abuse and neglect in 2013. More than 1,500 of them died.