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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month

President Biden proclaimed April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, dedicated to addressing child abuse and neglect nationwide. Join OJJDP in honoring those who work to support children and strengthen families, and help spread awareness on the many ways we can address and prevent child abuse.

"During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and throughout the entire year, it is imperative that we join together as...

OJJDP Observes Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention joins communities nationwide in observing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

"During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, our country stands as one to condemn and combat child abuse in all of its forms — including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse...

Office of Justice Programs Awards $261 Million To Support Youth Mentoring and Protect Children

The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has announced $261 million in awards to support mentoring services for youth and protect children from abuse, exploitation, and sex trafficking. OJJDP awarded nearly $85 million to national, state, and local organizations to provide mentoring to youth who are at risk of juvenile delinquency, victimization, and juvenile justice system involvement. This includes support of OJJDP's National...

Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center

The Southern Regional Children's Advocacy Center provides training and technical assistance to child abuse professionals in communities to support the growth and improvement of coordinated multidisciplinary responses to child abuse.

Department of Justice Awards $144 Million To Improve Services for Crime Victims

The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announced awards of more than $144 million to enhance services for victims of crime nationwide. OJJDP awarded more than $54 million to support the effective investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases and improve positive outcomes for child abuse and neglect victims. This includes OJJDP's support of children's advocacy centers (CACs) to address child abuse and...

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.

The Department of Justice is investing significantly in...

Changing Minds: Unique's Story

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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.