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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Date: 04/03/19

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It’s important that throughout this month we learn and spread awareness. We’ll discuss key topics and include links to more facts.

Child abuse and neglect is a complex problem we have in our communities. In 2017, there was a reported 29,198 victims of child abuse and neglect in Indiana. Of those cases, 78 ended in the death of a child. It’s important to know and to be able to detect each type of abuse so that we can find ways to stop it.

What is child abuse?

Child abuse is an action or lack of action by someone who may put a child in danger. This could affect their physical and mental health.

What types of abuse exist?

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect

Not all cases of child abuse look the same.  But, all forms of abuse will leave an impact on a child. Abuse will follow them through their teen years and into adult years. Kids who are abused are less likely to mature properly. The way they will learn, how they will act, and how they will think can all be changed by abuse.

If you suspect abuse or neglect, please call the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-800-5556.

For more information on recognizing abuse and neglect, visit https://pcain.org/education-outreach/recognizing-abuse-neglect/.