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CHILD ABUSE: Slight Decrease In Cases

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The number of Iowa children who were abused or neglected decreased slightly in 2012 according to a report released by the Department of Human Services.

More than 11,500 children were abused or neglected, which is a decline of about 1-percent from the year before.  Of those children the majority, about 79 percent, were considered neglected.

DHS says the types of neglect or abuse they saw were similar to past years.

According to DHS, “The rate of abuse has hovered within a narrow range in recent years, with lower rates generally coinciding with positive economic trends.”

The department also says with prevention and intervention, they were able to keep about 75-percent of once-abused children in the family home.

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