This system doesn't seem to be effective though. Why are peoples first instincts to call DoCs if theres an abuse or neglect situation, rather than the police? If, as an adult im harmed by another person through physical violence my first instinct isnt to call someone else, its to call the police, just as if I see an adult hit another adult.
Wouldnt police and docs being called at the same time work slightly more effectively? The person abusing the kid is immediately arrested for assault, rather than it having to be proved they did it to begin with or that its severe enough.
I dont know how or why this is acceptablw.
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Lots of people call the police. In cases where children are involved or at risk, the police involve DOCs. When DOCs has been notified first, if there is allegations of a crime, they involve the police. The hard part is often evidence