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Child Abuse Prevention collageSpecial Feature: Child Abuse

Child abuse and neglect occur when a parent, caretaker, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) acts, or fails to act, in a manner that results in the death, serious physical or emotional harm, or sexual abuse or exploitation of a child; or that presents an imminent risk of serious harm to a child (Office for Victims of Crime: Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse, retrieved February 17, 2014).

In ensuring the protection and welfare of children, the Federal Government has concentrated on three primary goals: safety, permanency, and well-being for abused and neglected children. The Government has led efforts to ensure that child welfare agencies, courts, and other stakeholders work together to achieve these worthy goals (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases, 2009).

Each year, April is designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for raising awareness about child abuse and neglect. To learn more about the Justice Department’s current efforts related to children exposed to violence, including victims of child abuse, visit the Defending Childhood Web site (Office for Victims of Crime: Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse, retrieved February 17, 2014).

During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to raise awareness and promote strategies that address the risk factors surrounding child abuse. In recognition of the importance of ensuring child safety and welfare, NCJRS presents this compilation of child abuse-related publications and resources. Please select a topic from the following list or from the section at the right under the heading "Child Abuse" to learn more: