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Office of Justice Programs Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) joins communities nationwide in observing Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“Child maltreatment is pervasive and happens in many ways, from neglect, physical and sexual abuse to online exploitation, sex trafficking and the damage wrought by America’s addiction crisis,” said OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan.

Changing Minds: Unique's Story

Content Advisory
Please be aware that this video contains descriptions of violence that may be distressing to some viewers.
October 2016

This short film, inspired by true stories, shows how a supportive and caring adult can help a child overcome childhood trauma and exposure to violence. Each year, nearly 60% of youth are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities. Recent studies demonstrate how observing violence has a lasting negative impact on a child’s brain and their cognitive development. Over time, exposure to violence during childhood is significantly correlated with negative outcomes such as psychological issues, adverse behavior, and serious illnesses. The U.S.

Administrator Caren Harp's March/April 2019 Video Message

April 2019

OJJDP Administrator Caren Harp highlights National Child Abuse Prevention Month in this March/April 2019 video message. National Child Abuse Prevention Month is an annual campaign to encourage action to improve the safety and well-being of children. Subscribe to receive notices of new OJJDP News @ a Glance bimonthly electronic newsletters.  Subscribe now: https://ojjdp.ojp.gov/subscribe-ojjdp-news-glance

Child Abuse Prevention

Child Abuse Prevention

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is working to prevent child abuse and mitigate its negative impact through partnerships, programs, and training and technical assistance. According to a report published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 3.5 million children were subject to at least one maltreatment report in fiscal year 2018.