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Child Abuse

Child Abuse (decorative)

Child abuse and neglect is a substantial public health concern that can lead to devastating outcomes long into adulthood. For victims of abuse, the negative effects are wide-ranging. Child abuse is associated with lower school achievement, juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, and mental health problems.

Protecting children is essential to the mission of OJP. Through its program offices, OJP is working to prevent child abuse, improve response to victims, fund research, and more.

During National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April), access the Child Abuse Special Feature to learn more about how OJP and other federal agencies are working to address child abuse.

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To whom can I report child abuse? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Child Welfare Information Gateway website contains Ö Read More

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Publications and Resources

Children's Advocacy Centers: At the Forefront of the Fight Against Child Abuse
In this recent OJP blog post, learn about how Children's Advocacy Centers provide critical services to young victims and help to safeguard their legal rights.
CrimeSolutions.gov: Child Abuse & Maltreatment
Managed by NIJ, the CrimeSolutions.gov site highlights programs and practices that can help inform practitioners and policy makers about what works, what doesn't, and what's promising related to child abuse.
OJJDP: Child Abuse Prevention
OJJDP is working to prevent child abuse and mitigate its negative impact through partnerships, programs, and training and technical assistance.

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