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April is recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Doddridge County Family Resource Network is spreading awareness toward the common purpose of preventing child abuse and hoping to deliver a message about the importance of protecting children, supporting families and strengthening communities. April is a time to act collectively to raise awareness and empower people across the nation to play a role in making great childhoods happen.  

The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign is a national movement which highlights the pinwheel as a symbol for child abuse prevention and neglect. During April, blue pinwheels are planted throughout the nation to raise awareness about the role we all play in the healthy development of children.

   The theme for 2020 Child Abuse Prevention Month is “Everyone can make great childhoods happen—especially you, especially now!”.  Our efforts to raise awareness and engagement and impact positive change this year are as vital as ever.  

   Please help our efforts by sharing this information and join us in support of children across West Virginia.

   CHILD ABUSE can broadly be defined as an act—or failure to act—that results in a child’s serious harm or risk of harm, including physical or emotional harm, exploitation or death.   

   NEGLECT occurs when a caretaker fails to provide for a child’s basic needs.

   CONSEQUENCES of abuse and neglect can be profound and can last long into the life cycle. However, once a child’s safety is assured, thriving after abuse is possible.  Every child has a right to a safe childhood free of violence. 

   RESOURCES  If you think a child is in immediate danger, call 911.  To report abuse and neglect of a child or adult call 1-800-352-6513.  This WV hotline is operated 24/7.

Child Abuse Hotlines — In an emergency situation call 911

Childhelp National Domestic Violence

1-800-422-4453 1-800-799-7233

www.childhelp.org     www.ndvh

Hope, Inc. RAINN (Rape, abuse & incest)

304-873-1416 (Doddridge Co.) 1-800-656-4673

304-367-1100 (24 hour) www.rainn.org

Prevent Child Abuse WV               National Parent Helpline

http://www.preventchildabusewv.org            1-855-427-2736www.nationalparenthelpline.org

   This program is being presented with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.  For more information about this effort please contact the DCFRN,

304-873 1245/[email protected]