Children are the future of our community. Here at PreventFamilyViolence.com, we believe in the value of children. They have a right to a safe environment in which to grow.
Bystanders, those who hear the screams in the night, thinking well "someone should do something about it, I hear their cries every night." Wake up! That someone is you. If you believe someone is being abused, pick up the phone and CALL 9-1-1. The police and responding authorities will determine what needs to be done from there, all you have to do is pick up the phone; you may be saving a life!
Family Violence, child abuse is a pervasive and growing problem in every state here in the USA, and every country around the world.
Children must be protected; and yet, they cannot protect themselves. Protecting children involves everyone. Helping abused and neglected children is a duty we all share.
All family violence is unacceptable and you can get help from services and protection from police and the courts through protection orders, removing the abusive individual from the home environment, by acting quickly to resolve family violence situations, and offering family violence intervention counseling and housing services.
How Can I Get Involved?
First, learn ways you can help your family, friends and neighbors before abuse occurs. Most parents want to do the right things for their child. Sometimes problems like loss of a job, immaturity, substance abuse, being new parents or other issues cause stress for a person trying to be a parent.
Be supportive of parents who are having problems. Offer to baby-sit, or help in other ways. Volunteer or start a child abuse prevention campaign at your church or work.
Be alert to the signs of child abuse and neglect. Know what steps to take to help.
What is Child Abuse or Neglect?
Children who are mistreated can be physically abused, sexually abused, or emotionally abused; neglected; or abandoned.
Physical Abuse is any injury resulting from beating, biting burning or otherwise harming a child.
Sexual abuse is any act of molestation against a minor child.
Emotional abuse can be caused by constantly rejecting a child, exposing a child to domestic violence, or threatening child's safety.
Neglect is defined as the failure of a parent to provide food, clothing, supervision, education or medical care for a child.
Family violence is not just physical, it includes control and manipulation and behaviour that causes you to live in fear. Some examples of family violence might include:
A perpetrator who causes a child to witness an incident or clean up after an incident, is also committing family violence.
When you call to make a referral, you will talk with the intake social worker who will ask you a series of questions about your concerns. You may not have the answers to some of the questions. That's okay. Answer as many as you can, as completely as you can, so we can decide the best way to respond to your concerns.
What Happens After I Call With My Concerns?
Child Protective staff will assess the level of risk to the child. If a child is at risk of abuse or neglect, we will either provide direct service or refer the family to other community organizations. The important thing is that the family can now get the help it needs. Child Protective Centers offer the following services:
Am I Doing The Right Thing?
Understanding your role in protecting children is important. You are doing the right thing by getting involved and telling us a child is at risk of abuse or neglect. The children must be able to count on us to make their world safe and secure. After all, it takes a community to protect a child.
Call the Childhelp USA® National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD® (1-800-422-4453).
Abuse must be reported within the state in which it occurs. When seeking to report abuse, it is important to remember these points:
1. Not every state has a reporting hotline
2. Not every hotline is 24 - hour accessible
3. If the state does have a hotline, it may only be accessible within that state
you need to report in another state or the particular
state does not have a hotline, you may need to contact the
out-of-state reporting number or the specific county in
which the abuse occurred. The Childhelp USA®
National Child Abuse Hotline can provide these numbers for
Click on a state for reporting information and phone numbers:
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