April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2022  

Pensacola, Fla. (March 31, 2022) – You might find it impossible to believe that any adult could hurt or neglect a child, and yet it happens every day. Child abuse occurs in all kinds of homes regardless of race, income, location or any other descriptor. National Child Abuse Prevention Month shares education and prevention services to help keep children safe.

Abuse can begin when a parent experiences stress, mental illness, substance use disorders, trauma or other factors. That doesn’t make it right, but it does help case workers, counselors, foster parents and the community understand how to wrap our arms around prevention. Research shows that successful child abuse prevention is a twofold process: stop harmful actions/behaviors and promote positive actions/behaviors.

1) Stop harmful actions or behaviors:

  • If a child is expressing serious emotional distress, child abuse may be occurring in the home. The following behaviors may be a sign: crying, stomachaches, throwing, hitting, kicking, yelling and nightmares.
  • In all instances of suspected abuse, call 800.96ABUSE or 800.962.2873 to report it

2) Promote positive actions/behaviors:

  • Recognize an accomplishment
  • Share community resources for healthy families
  • Call to check on a family
  • Plan carpools and play dates
  • Share success stories

Speak with an expert and find out how you can get involved in supporting healthy families in our community. FamiliesFirst Network is here to find solutions for our community. Learn more at FamiliesFirstNetwork.org.


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For more information about this press release or to schedule an interview, please contact Kelsi Gulig at 850.503.8164 or Kelsi.Gulig@bhcpns.org.