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Child Abuse In Iowa. Presented by Alicia Rau. Definition of Child Abuse. Child abuse, as defined by Iowa Code section 232.68 is: Physical abuse Mental Injury Sexual Abuse Child Prostitution Presence of Illegal Drugs Denial of Critical Care

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child abuse in iowa

Child Abuse In Iowa

Presented by Alicia Rau

definition of child abuse
Definition of Child Abuse

Child abuse, as defined by Iowa Code section 232.68 is:

  • Physical abuse
  • Mental Injury
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Child Prostitution
  • Presence of Illegal Drugs
  • Denial of Critical Care
  • Manufacturing or Possession of a Dangerous Substance
  • Bestiality in the Presence of a Child

The above must be committed to an individual under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian, or caretaker.

state trend
State Trend
  • Child abuse cases have declined by 10% since 2005.

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa

county demographics 2008
County Demographics(2008)
  • Counties with the most reported cases:
  • Wapello
  • Appanoose
  • Emmet
  • Floyd
  • Black Hawk
  • Clay
  • Decatur
  • Cerro Gordo
  • Jefferson
  • Monroe
  • Counties with the least reported cases:
  • Sioux
  • Winneshiek
  • Lyon
  • Grundy
  • Plymouth
  • Jones
  • Marion
  • Humboldt
  • Iowa
  • Delaware
causes
Causes
  • Child poverty rate from 2007. Correlation = .61
  • Single-parent households of 2000. Correlation = .64
  • Parent, guardian or caretaker impaired by drug usage.
proposal
Proposal

These areas need to be strengthened in order to further eliminate child abuse cases:

  • Education
  • Assistance
  • Community Effort