Child Abuse Rises When Economy Sags: Study

Risk is highest in families losing their homes

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Ajl said parents who are feeling financial or other stresses should reach out for help.

"Your children are not where your frustrations should be taken out," he said. "Walk away for 10 seconds. Stop take a deep breath."

Ajl said it's important for people who see or suspect abuse to report it to the authorities.

"People don't always want to get involved, but if you see abuse, don't walk away," he said.

More information

If you're a parent who needs help, you can talk to counselors at ChildHelp anonymously and at no cost. Call 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453).

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