Women’s Aid reports 29% rise in child abuse reports

Women's Aid has reported a 29% increase in the number of child abuse incidents reported to its national helpline last year.

Women's Aid has reported a 29% increase in the number of child abuse incidents reported to its national helpline last year.

The organisation says cases reported to the helpline included an abuser urinating on a child, a child being kicked in the stomach, children being beaten and being exposed to rape.

5% of the reported incidents happened during access visits and 20% of abusers were ex-husbands or ex-partners of the child's mother.

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