Child abuse cases in Japan rise to record 194,000 in 2019
Japan Times -- Nov 19
The number of child abuse cases handled by child consultation centers across Japan in fiscal 2019 rose by 33,942 from the previous year to 193,780, the most since the survey started in fiscal 1990, the welfare ministry said in a preliminary report Wednesday.

The pace of increase was the steepest on record, according to the ministry.

“The results partly reflected an increase in reports from police to consultation centers about cases in which children witnessed domestic violence taking place in front of them,” a ministry official said.

Of the total for the year that ended in March 2020, psychological abuse cases, including those of witnessing domestic violence, totaled 109,118, up by 20,727, and physical abuse cases stood at 49,240, up by 9,002.

The revised law related to the fight against child abuse, which went into force in April, calls for the strengthening of cooperation between child consultation centers and facilities offering consultations on domestic violence.

全国の児童相談所が昨年度に対応した児童虐待に関する相談が19万件を超え、過去最多を更新しました。厚生労働省は「子どもの命を守ることを最優先に取り組みたい」としています。  厚労省によりますと、昨年度に全国215カ所の児童相談所が児童虐待の相談として対応した件数は、前の年より2割以上、多い19万3780件でした。相談内容では暴言やネグレクトなど心理的な虐待に関するものが11万件で、全体の半数以上を占めています。また、警察など関係機関からの通告も増えたということです。都道府県別で見ると大阪府が2万4643件で最も多く、東京都、神奈川県と続いています。厚労省は「児童福祉司の増員や見守りの強化などを着実に実施し、子どもの命を守ることを最優先に取り組みたい」としています。
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