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Antonovich expands cross-reporting of child abuse cases to city attorneys

Posted: November 25, 2009 1:23 p.m.
Updated: November 25, 2009 1:23 p.m.
 
LOS ANGELES COUNTY - To enhance the prosecution of abusers and prevent future child abuse, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to expand cross-reporting to nine additional cities; Burbank, Hawthorne, Santa Monica, Torrance, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Long Beach, Pasadena and Redondo Beach.

"With this vital partnership between the Department of Children and Family Services, law enforcement, the Dependency Court, and these additional City Attorney's Offices, we can more effectively protect the children of Los Angeles County," Antonovich said.

On an earlier Antonovich motion, the Department of Children and Family Services cross-reported nearly 24,000 incidents of child abuse to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office from January 2008 through September 2009 -- substantially increasing the number of criminal prosecutions, holding more abusers accountable, providing needed services to parents and children living in abusive homes and relationships, preventing further child abuse, and enhancing the efforts of Children's Social Workers and the Dependency Court in their mission to protect children.

The Department of Children and Family Services receives approximately 200,000 reports of suspected child abuse annually from relatives, neighbors and anonymous individuals as well as mandated reporters. Of these, approximately 100,000 allegations are reported to the District Attorney's Office.

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