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Help Prevent Child Abuse

April 3, 2014
A girl sits with her head in her hands.

April is Child Abuse Prevention month, and there are a number of resources you can familiarize yourself with in order to better prevent this crime. Every day in Georgia, 33 children are the victims of confirmed abuse or neglect, and 200 incidents of child abuse are reported.

These staggering numbers are not just statistics on a page, but reflect the heartbreaking circumstances faced by Georgia's treasured children. We must take preventative action to lower these statistics.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a comprehensive website with a list of various resources on how to prevent child abuse, such as tip sheets and prevention publications. The Division of Family and Children Services' prevention fact sheet lists a few ways you can help keep children from being abused:

If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, call your local police station or contact your local Department of Family and Children Services office. You can also call the 24/7 hotline at 1-855-422-4453.

Other tips:

  1. Meet your neighbors. Providing emotional support can greatly ease the stress of parents who might turn to abuse.
  2. Be active in your community. Participating in programs where children are supported can make them feel more secure and safe.
  3. Don’t be afraid to report suspected abuse. This could save a child’s life.

Raise your awareness of child abuse, and become part of the solution by staying alert to the safety of children.

 

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Web Support Specialist for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.