Silverman, who also serves as director of Harvard's Violence Against Women Prevention Research, added that where there's a significant bump in rates of abusive head trauma, there's most probably also an increase in less easily tracked forms of abuse.
"Abusive head trauma is one of the most observable indicators of child abuse, because they result from the most extreme domestic violence that requires hospitalization," he noted. "But there are many, many, many more child abuse cases that we wouldn't expect to show up as traumatic brain injuries in the ER. So an increase seen in head trauma is probably indicative of an even larger problem. And that means that this finding should really be a major public concern."
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