From the Introduction: "While children and youth have in large part been spared the direct health effects of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], they are significantly impacted in many other ways. Efforts to reduce the spread of the virus, including school closures and social distancing have disrupted our social safety net, leaving children and youth at heightened risk for abuse. Reduced access to teachers, family members, and friends has resulted in a drastic decrease in reporting, while increased opportunities for abuse are compounded by a host of stressors impacting families across the country. Our existing systems for effectively responding to the victimization of children and youth has been all but dismantled. Fortunately, an army of dedicated advocates, including child protective workers, law enforcement, forensic interviewers, therapists, and Child Advocacy Center staff have mobilized to confront these new challenges. This brief explores some of those needs and creative solutions shared during listening sessions, strategy sessions, and conversations with survivors."
National Resource Center for Reaching Victims; National Children's Advocacy Center
National Resource Center for Reaching Victims: https://reachingvictims.org/