April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 1, 2015

April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. In Child Maltreatment 2013 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau) it was reported that in 2013 in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, an estimated 679,000 children were victims of child abuse; and 1,484 children died as a result of abuse or neglect.

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