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1 Child Abuse

2 Ten Ways to Help Prevent Child Abuse 1. Be a nurturing parent Children need to know that they are special, loved and capable of following their dreams. 2. Help a friend, neighbor or relative Being a parent isn t easy. Offer a helping hand. Take care of the children so the parent(s) can rest or spend time together. 3. Help yourself When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point that you feel overwhelmed and out of control take time out. Don t take your frustrations out on your child.

3 Ten Ways to Help Prevent Child Abuse (continued) 4. Shaking is not an option It can be challenging to hear a colicky or cranky baby. Learn what to do if your son or daughter won t stop crying. Never shake a baby. Any type of shaking may result in severe injury or death 5. Get involved Ask your community leaders, clergy, library and schools to develop more services to meet the needs of children and families. Donate money, goods, and time to support local family violence programs. 6. Help to develop parenting resources No one knows the available tools better than mom or dad themselves. Network with other parents for support, ideas, and compassion.

4 Ten Ways to Help Prevent Child Abuse (continued) 5. Get involved Ask your community leaders, clergy, library and schools to develop more services to meet the needs of children and families. Donate money, goods, and time to support local family violence programs. 6. Help to develop parenting resources No one knows the available tools better than mom or dad themselves. Network with other parents for support, ideas, and compassion. 7. Promote programs in schools Teaching children, parents, and educators prevention strategies can help keep children safe.

5 Ten Ways to Help Prevent Child Abuse (continued) 7. Promote programs in schools Teaching children, parents, and educators prevention strategies can help keep children safe. 8. Monitor your child s television and video viewing Watching violent films and TV programs can be detrimental. Children learn through modeling. This isn t the behavior you want to endorse.

6 Ten Ways to Prevent Child Abuse (Continued) 9. Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program Avalon offers volunteer opportunities with our school based counselors, with child care as respite or during group counseling sessions, or tutoring and mentoring our smallest clients. Contact Charvalla West at (757) for more information.

7 Ten Ways to Help Prevent Child Abuse (continued) 10. Report suspected child abuse and neglect. If you have reason to believe a child has been or may be harmed, contact your local department of children and family services or the police department. In James City County, call to report an incident.

8 The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children Being witness to a parent, sibling, or household member s battering IS child abuse. The following attempts to summarize some of the major effects living in a violent home can have on children.

9 Children Feel Responsible Too often, children feel responsible for the abuse. They blame themselves for not stopping the abuse or for being bad. Many children of abuse become over-achievers. They drive themselves to be perfect so that they won t draw negative attention to themselves.

10 Anxious and Nervous Children Children may be very anxious or nervous. This can be attributed to the constant fear of another beating or violent episode. Symptoms persist even after the child is removed from the situation

11 A Child May Still Love Abuser A child may still love the abuser. He or she could feel a lot of guilt for leaving the abuser alone. Some may even be angry with one parent for abandoning his/her abusive partner.

12 DV is a Learned Behavior Domestic violence is a learned behavior. By watching an abuser solve problems with force, a child could become violent in his or her play. They may model the behavior into adulthood.

13 Regress Behaviors Children may regress back to behaviors they have outgrown. Older children may begin wetting the bed, have difficulty sleeping, nightmares, or fears of going to sleep. A child may act younger than his/her age talking in baby talk or clinging to adults.

14 PTSD in Children Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD The intense stress of living in a violent home can increase a child s likelihood of being afflicted with stressrelated physical ailments. Many children have headaches, stomachaches, rashes, or ulcers.

15 PTSD in Children (continued) Children from violent homes often have very low self-esteem and poor coping skills.

16 Children From Abusive Homes Children who live in homes where domestic violence occurs are 15 times more likely to be physically abused or seriously neglected. Women are 8 times more likely to hurt their children when they are being battered. Children from violent homes are at a much higher risk of child abuse physically, sexually, psychologically, and/or emotionally

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