MEDFORD, Ore. – Child abuse reports in Oregon have decreased since the start of the shutdown in March.
The Oregon Department of Human Services, DHS, says while child abuse calls have decreased during the global pandemic, that doesn’t mean it still isn’t prevalent within the community.
“Children are spending less time in the community and less time around mandatory reporters,” said DHS Press Secretary, Jake Sunderland.
The DHS says even though the state isn’t completely reopened it’s up to community members to look out for one another.
If a child seems excessively withdrawn, fearful of doing something wrong, or flinches from sudden movement that could be a sign of emotional or even physical abuse. You can report potential abuse to DHS through it’s hotline 1-855-503-safe.
NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university’s political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster’s Foundation.
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