Updated 04/17/2012 05:13 PM
Local DAs Push For Home Visiting Program To Prevent Child Abuse
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The district attorneys of Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island launched Monday a statewide campaign against child abuse.
A report released by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes found at least 77,000 children in the state suffered abuse and neglect in 2010, and 114 of those children died.
The study also found abuse survivors are 30 percent more likely to become violent criminals and more likely to abuse their own children.
According to the report, voluntary home visiting services can reduce abuse and neglect by as much as 50 percent.
"Having the advice of family and friends is a great thing, but advice from a nurse that definitely knows what she's talking about is excellent. We feel like she's been a part of our family now, we always reach out to her," said Corley Gurley, a father who receives voluntary home visiting services.
"The program also helps young families make goals and to prepare for their future. I've been able to watch some of my clients go from not being certain what they want to do next with their lives, to planning to making goals," said registered nurse Stephanie Ludwig, a home visitor.
The group is calling on the the governor and state Legislature to maintain funding for these services.