Domestic Violence:

www.safehorizon.org

Get Help: Call Our Free Anonymous Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.621.HOPE (4673)

  • Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence.
  • Other terms for domestic violence include intimate partner violence, battering, relationship abuse, spousal abuse, or family violence.

Safehorizon.org moves victims of violence from crisis to confidence.  This online help center offers information, support and legal help.

Additional Resources:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline; 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; www.ncadv.org

Child Abuse:

Child abuse and Domestic Violence is a painful, but very real and common tragedy that exists among us.

National Child Abuse Statistics:

  • In 2013, approximately 3.5 million reports were made to child protective services concerning the safety and well-being of approximately 6.4 million children.
  • A nationally estimated 679,000 children were found to be victims of child abuse or neglect.
  • Of these children, 79.5 % were neglected, 18.0 % were physically abused, and 9.0 % were sexually abused.
  • Every day in the United States, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect and of those children, four will die.
  • In 2013, an estimated 1,520 children died due to abuse or neglect.
  • Eighty four percent of foster children will become parents within a few years after reaching adulthood, potentially repeating the cycle of abuse.

Anyone can report suspected child abuse or neglect. Reporting abuse or neglect can protect a child and get help for a family it may even save a child’s life. In some States, any person who suspects child abuse or neglect is required to report.

Childhelp® is a national organization that provides crisis assistance and other counseling and referral services. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline external linkis staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with professional crisis counselors who have access to a database of 55,000 emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous. Contact them at 1.800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453).

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, or if you are a child who is being maltreated, please call: 1.800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453) at the Child Welfare Information Gateway hotline.

Additional contact information:

U.S Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Child Welfare; www.childwelfare.gov
Administration for Children and Families; www.acf.hhs.gov
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline; 1-800-4-A-CHILD (4453)

Children are the some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Sadly, in the majority of cases, the adults that children depend on are the ones responsible for abusing them.

The consequences of abuse and neglect can be profound and can last long into the life cycle. However, once a child’s safety is assured, thriving after abuse is possible. Join us in watching, reporting and being that advocate. As a community we can help a child who is suffering, by watching and picking up the phone when we see or hear signs of abuse, because every child has a right to a safe childhood free of violence.