Preventing Child Abuse

Research has shown that parents and caregivers who have support – from family, friends, neighbors and their communities – are more able and likely to provide safe, healthy homes for their children.  When parents feel alone or isolated and lack support they may be more likely to make poor decisions that can lead to abuse or neglect.
How Can You Help?
  • Get to know your neighbors.
  • Help a family under stress – offer to babysit or help with chores, suggest resources in the community.
  • Reach out to children in your community – a smile or kind word can mean a lot.
  • Be an active community member – volunteer at your local school, community group or faith based organization.
  • Keep your neighborhood safe – Participate in Neighborhood Watch or National Night Out.
  • Learn how to recognize and report signs of child abuse and neglect.

CALL 1-800-96- ABUSE or go todcf.state.fl.us/programs/abuse

If you have any special needs such as requiring auxiliary aides or interpreter services please contact us at 904 278-5644.  Interpreter services are provided  at no cost.