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Doorley speaks out against child abuse

Sandra Doorley

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley joined six other district attorneys this week to take a stand against child abuse and neglect.

She, along with Onondaga County District Attorney William J. Fitzpatrick and the district attorneys from all five New York City boroughs, expressed their concerns in a New York Daily News guest editorial this week about the 77,000 New York children who were victims of abuse and neglect in 2010, including at least 114 who died.

Doorley and her law enforcement colleagues pointed to personal experiences prosecuting child abuse and neglect cases and emphasized that the deadly effects of child abuse and neglect affect the youngest, most vulnerable children the most.

They urged greater support for the Nurse-Family Partnership, a maternal health and early childhood development service that pairs first-time pregnant mothers and young families with a registered nurse on a voluntary basis. Research shows the approach can cut cases of abuse and neglect by as much as half, improve child safety and reduce later juvenile crime.

The seven prosecutors are members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, the national anti-crime organization of 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and violence survivors, which is launching a nationwide campaign in April to support the prevention of child abuse through voluntary home-visiting. Learn more at www.fightcrime.org