State figures show that child abuse cases have declined in West Virginia.
Statistics from the Department of Health and Human Resources show that the number of maltreatment victims fell from 8,345 in 2006 to 5,473 in 2009, the most recent available data.
The Exponent Telegram reports that officials believe proactive education and prioritizing child abuse cases have played a role in the decline.
State Police Lt. D.L. Frye says a lot of resources are being put into education and raising awareness.
An increase in caseworker visits, improved cooperation among agencies, and close monitoring have also contributed to the decline.
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