Newspaper article China Post

2/3 of Severe Child Abuse Cases Never Reported: Health and Welfare Ministry

Newspaper article China Post

2/3 of Severe Child Abuse Cases Never Reported: Health and Welfare Ministry

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In the past two years, there have been 29 cases of domestic abuse that resulted in severe injury or death, and two-thirds of the cases, or 19 out of the 29, were not reported to authorities before the victim's hospitalization or death, according to Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW, [...]) statistics.

In a recent case of abuse, a three-year-old girl died at the hands of her aunt and her live-in partner in Hualien County.

Because the girl had not yet started school, teachers could not detect the abuse or report it to law enforcement authorities. There are no reports on record about her abuse or alerts about her high-risk family situation.

There were 11,589 people who suffered domestic abuse last year, and 2,626 of them were six years old or younger, Chang Hsiu-yuan ([...]), the director of protection services at MOHW, said.

Among the 19 cases that were unreported, about 14 cases involved parental abuse or neglect. …

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