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Every April, Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity to learn about the signs of child abuse and how to prevent it. Communities around the nation come together to support families and children by reinforcing strategies that are working. Outreach programs, resources, and activities offer tools for identifying abuse and neglect. With each opportunity, we bring hope to families and come closer to an end for child abuse and neglect.


National Child Abuse Prevention Month was first observed in 1983 by a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan. The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect continues to coordinate activities, prepare promotional materials and host multidisciplinary forums focused on prevention, education, and awareness on an annual basis.

Child Abuse & Neglect – Spot the Signs

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Protective Factors of Child Abuse

Protective factors are attributes in individuals and families that, when present, alleviate or eliminate risk in families and increase their health and well-being. Protective Factors aid parents in finding community resources, positive support, and coping strategies.

The 5 Protective Factors

  1. Parental Resilience
  2. Social Connections
  3. Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development
  4. Concrete Support in Times of Need
  5. Social & Emotional Competence of Children

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