April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Violence is not the answer in raising our children.

By G. Tina Wolridge

President Obama proclaimed April in the United States as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. During this month observance, communities and organizations raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and educate the public on prevention. We must make a transformation to protect our children, build families and, most importantly, prevent abuse and neglect; psychology has a key role to play.  

The future prosperity of any community depends on its ability to ensure the health and well-being of the next generation. When a community invests wisely in children and families, the next generation will pay that back through a lifetime of productivity and social responsibility (American Psychological Association, 2013).

Below are some resources and tips sheets from the ACT Raising Safe Kids Program and Violence Prevention Office aimed at increasing the well-being of children:

During the week of April 7-11, the CDC Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) Initiative is calling on all of us to partner in observing the National Youth Violence Prevention Week. The purpose is to disseminate research-based information about this tragic public health issue as well as to encourage organizations and the public to get into action. 

The APA Violence Prevention Office is a partner of CDC STRYVE and will be participating in the awareness week. In collaboration with other PI Offices, we will be disseminating information and materials through our websites, Facebook pages, blog, Twitter and other venues. We want to highlight effective prevention initiatives, psychologists' contributions to the topic, research findings on the association between boys of color and poverty, child abuse and neglect, and HIV/AIDS among other themes. 

Reference 

American Psychological Association. (2013). Healthy Development Summit II: Changing Frames and Expanding Partnerships to Promote Children’s Mental Health and Social/Emotional Development.