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How Doctors Are Using Data To Predict Child Abuse

Nov 21, 2016
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Doctors at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth are experimenting with data technology that could help predict neighborhoods where kids are most likely to be abused.

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An often overlooked aspect of domestic violence is financial abuse. Victims are forced to co-sign loans, open new credit cards and make purchases they can’t afford.

One Tarrant County woman lost tens of thousands of dollars to her abuser. Years later, she’s still working to regain her financial footing.

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According to the Children’s Defense Fund, kids living in a family that makes $15,000 a year are 22 times more likely to be abused than children in a family making just $30,000.

The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas just received a $3.4 million grant to launch a program in June that’s focused on preventing abuse.

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Governor Greg Abbott says the status quo at Child Protective Services is unacceptable. On Monday, he appointed new leaders for CPS and the agency that oversees CPS. 

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Doctors at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth are used to treating cases of abuse. But what they’d really like to do is prevent it. So they’re experimenting with “big data” technology that could help predict neighborhoods where kids are most likely to be abused.

From Texas Standard:

Each day in the United States, four to five children die due to child abuse and neglect. That number comes out to about 1,500 children each year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and experts say many more cases go unreported.

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With the start of school approaching, the Skyline High football team is tackling a tough subject that often grabs national headlines: domestic and dating violence. 

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The medical journal Pediatrics recently published study results on a new tool developed to help doctors identify children under two with abusive head trauma. Some call it shaken baby syndrome.

Dr. Glenn Hardesty has witnessed such cases as an emergency room physician at Texas Health Arlington Memorial. He explained the medical and legal reasons for the new tool.

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It’s estimated that only about a third of all child abuse incidents are ever discovered. And for the kids who do get help, it can be tough to trust the adults caring for them. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked to a child advocate from Collin County about how that trust can be re-established.

The Carter Center

Jimmy Carter is on a mission. The 89-year-old former president has issued a blunt manifesto in book form titled A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power. In today’s Friday Conversation, President Carter talks with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, about what he calls “the human and civil rights struggle of our time” – how religions have systematically denigrated women, leading to prejudice, infanticide and horrific violence.

Boy Scouts Host National Child Abuse Forum In Grapevine

Oct 14, 2013
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The Boy Scouts of America is hosting another closed-door meeting of experts and leaders to discuss ways to identify and fight child abuse.

The group's second National Youth Protection Symposium began Monday in Grapevine.

About 100 participants from various youth and faith groups heard from Scouting leaders and an expert who identified how abuse leaves an imprint on children that can last their whole lifetime.