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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
 

Did you know that 40% of child abuse victims report domestic violence in the home?  With our current COVID-19 “safe-at-home” protocols, many children are stuck in the house with an abuser.  Though the abuse may have previously been between spouses or intimate partners, that abuse can easily escalate to include children.  With families facing added stress such as unemployment, no school or daycare for children to attend, and increased grocery bills; it’s important that we share ways to cope, lend helping hands, and stay connected in an effort to prevent abuse of any kind.

Ways you can help:

Stay connected via phone, text, email, facetime, etc (practicing safe social distancing)
Listen and express concern
Lift their self esteem
Set-up a safe word or phrase they can use to notify you that they need you to call the authorities
Connect people to resources and information
Report online harassment, abuse or stalking
Raise awareness about how violence impacts homes and communities
Help change community norms and policies to assist in protecting people from violence and from being violent
Have open dialogue about domestic violence with your children, friends, neighbors and colleagues
Support local nonprofits that provide services to victims of abuse

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter throughout the month for coping tips and more ways to help.

If you need help, please call our 24/7 confidential hotline at 321-726-8282 or text us at 321-236-3211

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