April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The purpose of National Child Abuse Prevention Month is to promote public awareness of child abuse and neglect and provide resources aimed at protecting children and strengthening families.
Just The Facts
According to Families Forward of Virginia, more than 50,000 children are reported to local social services departments for suspected child abuse or neglect. Abuse and neglect of children occurs within families and in other settings where children are provided care or services.
Numerous prevention agencies and organizations offer prevention resources, strategies, supports, and toolkits to strengthen the family unit.
PREVENTION RESOURCES AND SERVICES
Explore the sites below to gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of prevention services or to access a variety of resources and services to promote child abuse prevention.Families Forward Virginia
Families Forward offers resources including prevention strategies, toolkits and guidance for families.Healthy Families America
Healthy Families America strives to strengthen families and prevent the abuse and neglect of children in communities.Access the Military One Source site for a variety of child abuse prevention resources and toolkits for military families.The City of Norfolk: Prevention Services aims to strengthen and improve the overall well-being of children and families. Services offered are directed towards protecting and caring for children to prevent abuse and neglect.
ADDITIONAL LOCAL AND STATE RESOURCES
CITY OF NORFOLK: CHILDREN'S SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Visit this site to gain a greater understanding and role of the Children's Services Department with the City of Norfolk, which provides services to prevent and alleviate family crises.HOW TO REPORT/HOTLINE NUMBERS
In Virginia: (800) 552-7096
Out-of-State: (804) 786-8536
REMEMBER, IN AN EMERGENCY CALL 911 IF A CHILD IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER.