National Child Abuse Prevention Month is an annual observance in the United States dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse and neglect. April has been designated National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States dating back to 1983.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four children have experienced abuse or neglect at some point in their lives. In 2016, more than 1,750 children died in the United States from abuse or neglect.
Children who experience abuse or neglect can suffer from physical, psychological, and behavioral issues. In a long-term study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that as many as 80% of young adults who suffered from abuse met the diagnostic criteria for at least one psychiatric disorder at the age of 21. A National Institute of Justice Study found that abused or neglected children are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit a violent crime.
Communities across the country work diligently to prevent child abuse and neglect everyday. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, our communities rededicate themselves to being supportive of families and play an active role in preventing child abuse and neglect.
At Robins’ Nest, we observe this prevention month as part of our mission of supporting all communities and taking positive action to promote child and family well-being. Through our various prevention programs including Infant and Early Childhood Health, Family Success Centers, Juvenile Justice, and Nurse-Family Partnership, our teams are working with families to strengthen their family unit, instill life skills, create social connections and link them to community resources that will help get them through life's trials and tribulations, ultimately reducing the chances of child abuse and neglect.
By working to prevent child abuse, children will grow to their full potential in a healthy family. It also helps to reduce the prison population, the number of patients with mental illness, and the number of gang members.
Click here to learn ten ways to help prevent child abuse.