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APRIL IS NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

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    Good Afternoon 5D Community, APRIL IS NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds, and everyday four children die in
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 31, 2008
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      Good Afternoon 5D Community,

       

      APRIL IS NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

       

      A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds, and everyday four children die in the United States as a result of this abuse. Child abuse is a problem that affects everyone. The Department of Health and Human Services has established this year's theme as "Promoting Healthy Families in your Community." The Metropolitan Police Department and the District of Columbia has made a commitment to addressing and preventing child abuse within our community. Five indications of child abuse are: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. Child abuse does not have to be a problem within our community. Knowledge, recognition, and action can play a pivotal role in a child abuse victim's life. If you or someone you know recognizes any form of child abuse, you can help. Here are some ways to respond to the situation – remain calm; place trust in the child; listen; commend the child for confiding in you; assure the child that the abuse is not their fault; take the child to a safe environment; and finally, contact the police or the Child and Family Services Agency at (202) 671-SAFE. The MPD's Office of Youth Violence Prevention (OYVP) works to assist youth and young adults whose lives have been negatively affected by crime, drugs and violence. In addition to coordinating community efforts, the OYVP provides many referrals, programs and activities for high-risk youth and young adults.

       

      Get more information on the OYVP at: http://mpdc.dc.gov/oyvp  For more information about child abuse and resources available in the District of Columbia visit the following websites: • www.cfsa.dc.gov ,  www.mpdc.dc.gov  • www.preventchildabuse.org or  www.childwelfare.org

       

      KAYLIN CASTELLI, Office of Communications,

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