According to SAMHSA, children are specifically vulnerable to abuse during COVID-19. Research shows that increased stress levels among parents are often a major predictor of physical abuse and neglect of children. Stressed parents may be more likely to respond to their children’s anxious behaviors or demands in aggressive or abusive ways. The support systems that many at-risk parents rely on, such as extended family, child care and schools, religious groups, and other community organizations, are no longer available in many areas due to the stay-at-home orders. Staying aware and up to date on these issues is crucial during these uncertain times. For more help during these times, visit the links below.