In this Tuesday,, March 17, 2020 photo Keith Bucks, works at home remotely during an online class assignment from his first grade class at Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School in Beaverton, Ore. Oregon has shut down schools through April 28 and some districts have put optional activities online, though they are not meant to replace the regular curriculum. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer
UPDATED 10:04 AM PT — Tuesday, March 24, 2020
With schools closed amid the coronavirus outbreak, some children are being forced to spend more time in their abusive household.
Over the past week, six children who had fallen victim to severe abuse were seen in a hospital in Forth Worth, Texas. Workers have said they typically see an average of eight cases a month.
“Some of these abused victims have started as corporal punishment that the parent was very frustrated or angry when they did it, and it resulted in injury,” explained Dr. Jamye Coffman, ‘Care Team’ Director at Fort Worth’s Cook Children’s Hospital.
According to the Resource Center on Domestic Violence, three to 10 million children are exposed to adult domestic violence each year. Experts have said the government lockdowns could increase stress and “escalate tensions” within a family.
“But that’s the concern, are these families under more stress related to financial issues…whether its lost jobs or concern for their job,” said Dr. Coffman.
On top of that, children now lack services they would normally receive at school and are spending more time online or playing video games.
Advocates are urging everyone to keep an eye-out for any children who may be suffering from domestic abuse and to report it to the right authorities.