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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month

President Biden proclaimed April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, dedicated to addressing child abuse and neglect nationwide. Join OJJDP in honoring those who work to support children and strengthen families, and help spread awareness on the many ways we can address and prevent child abuse.

"During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and throughout the entire year, it is imperative that we join together as...

OJJDP Observes Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention joins communities nationwide in observing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

"During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, our country stands as one to condemn and combat child abuse in all of its forms — including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse...

Office of Justice Programs Awards $261 Million To Support Youth Mentoring and Protect Children

The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has announced $261 million in awards to support mentoring services for youth and protect children from abuse, exploitation, and sex trafficking. OJJDP awarded nearly $85 million to national, state, and local organizations to provide mentoring to youth who are at risk of juvenile delinquency, victimization, and juvenile justice system involvement. This includes support of OJJDP's National...

Department of Justice Awards $144 Million To Improve Services for Crime Victims

The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announced awards of more than $144 million to enhance services for victims of crime nationwide. OJJDP awarded more than $54 million to support the effective investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases and improve positive outcomes for child abuse and neglect victims. This includes OJJDP's support of children's advocacy centers (CACs) to address child abuse and...

Office of Justice Programs Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) joins communities nationwide in observing Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“Child maltreatment is pervasive and happens in many ways, from neglect, physical and sexual abuse to online exploitation, sex trafficking and the damage wrought by America’s addiction crisis,” said OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan.

The Department of Justice is investing significantly in...

Changing Minds: Unique's Story

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October 2016

This short film, inspired by true stories, shows how a supportive and caring adult can help a child overcome childhood trauma and exposure to violence. Each year, nearly 60% of youth are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities. Recent studies demonstrate how observing violence has a lasting negative impact on a child’s brain and their cognitive development. Over time, exposure to violence during childhood is significantly correlated with negative outcomes such as psychological issues, adverse behavior, and serious illnesses. The U.S.

Administrator Caren Harp's March/April 2019 Video Message

April 2019

OJJDP Administrator Caren Harp highlights National Child Abuse Prevention Month in this March/April 2019 video message. National Child Abuse Prevention Month is an annual campaign to encourage action to improve the safety and well-being of children. Subscribe to receive notices of new OJJDP News @ a Glance bimonthly electronic newsletters.  Subscribe now: https://ojjdp.ojp.gov/subscribe-ojjdp-news-glance

Joint Blog Discusses OJJDP and Children's Bureau Partnership To Prevent Child Abuse

In a new joint blog, OJJDP Administrator Caren Harp and Children's Bureau Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner discuss how both agencies are partnering to promote the safety and well-being of children and families in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month and throughout the year. The blog highlights the efforts of OJJDP and the Children's Bureau within the Department of Health and Human Services to...

Webinar To Discuss Supporting Child Welfare Through Mentoring

On April 30, 2019, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. ET, OJJDP and the National Mentoring Resource Center will present "Supporting Child Welfare through Mentoring: Building Effective Partnerships." In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, this webinar will highlight OJJDP mentoring grantees who are partnering with child welfare organizations to support children and families. Presenters will share how their mentoring programs support child abuse prevention efforts...

Child Abuse Prevention Resources Available Online

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO), supported by OJJDP, provides a collection of publications and resources for professionals working in fields associated with child abuse prevention. CALiO is a service of the National Children's Advocacy Center.


  • Learn how OJJDP is working to prevent child abuse through partnerships, programs, and training and technical assistance.
  • Learn how children's advocacy...