Blog: Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention month, a specified time in the year to learn more about the signs of child abuse and how to prevent it. During this month, communities throughout the nation come together in more elevated, concentrated ways to support children and families by reinforcing strategies that are working to prevent child assault; this work continues year-round.
Faculty, Parents and Students — SafeVoice Nevada is an anonymous reporting system currently running 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to report threats to the safety or well-being of students. Call 1-833-216-7233 or report online.
Resources & Tips for Kids, Students, and Adults Amidst a Global Health Crisis
Amidst a global health crisis (COVID-19), there's reason to believe that there'll be an uptick in child abuse cases.
Students, parents and faculty throughout Nevada now have access to SafeVoice, an anonymous reporting system used to report threats to the safety or well-being of students. You can all 1-833-216-7233 or file an online report. Their reporting line is open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
When there is household dysfunction — domestic violence, parental substance abuse or a mental disorder — the risk of child abuse goes up, and there’s reason to believe all of these things will increase during this pandemic. — New York Times Opinion Piece by Dr. Nina Agrawal
Child Assault Prevention Program (CAP)
As a father, uncle, brother, friend, neighbor, son, community member, and a board of director of the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) project, I am concerned, like others, about the children in our community who may no longer have a safe person to report abuse and neglect to while at home during the pandemic and shelter-in-place orders. If you need help with an abuse or neglect problem call: 1 (833) 900-SAFE (7233).
The Child Assault Prevention Project strives to empower children to be "Safe, Strong, and Free".
COVID isolation, the CAP board of directors, organization director and staff are dedicated to brainstorming how we can continue our mission with Nevada communities. In the meantime, here are some resources I know of and have come across that I hope are helpful to others in the surrounding communities during these uncertain times:
- SafeVoice Nevada
- ChildWelfare.gov Resource Guide
- Harvard Health - How to talk to chidlren about the coronavirus
- Washoe County School District Intervention Resources
- Washoe County Child Protective Services
- The American Academy of Pediatrics Advises Parents Experiencing Stress over COVID-19
Lastly, the rise of child abuse and neglect is sometimes a painful side-effect of financial hardship—if you recently lost your job and are in need of unemployment insurance, file today; in addition, seek the support of Nevada's Health and Human Services division, or your community's similar services, if you feel you are in need of additional support to help you and your loved ones through these uncertain times.
If you need help with an abuse or neglect problem call: 1 (833) 900-SAFE (7233) (Washoe County Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline)
Be safe—take care of yourself and each other.
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