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Poverty and abuse?

Jim Camden's report of the media poll conducted in Spokane and Kootenai Counties found that most people believe there is a link between poverty and child abuse and neglect. But child advocates warn that that link should not be simplistic. All types of abuse are found in all classes, and some results of poverty, not poverty itself, are indicators of a risk of abuse and neglect.

How much emphasis should child abuse prevention efforts place on poverty and its effects?

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