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Child abuse and neglect occur when a parent, caretaker, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) acts, or fails to act, in a manner that results in the death, serious physical or emotional harm, or sexual abuse or exploitation of a child; or that presents an imminent risk of serious harm to a child.

Each year, April is designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for raising awareness about child abuse and neglect. To learn more about the Justice Department’s current efforts related to children exposed to violence, including victims of child abuse, visit the Defending Childhood Web site.


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives (October 2016) OVC, OVC Training, 4 pages, NCJ 249906.
This five–video series is designed to educate federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Training Series
 
A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives (October 2016) OVC, OVC Videos, 4 pages, NCJ 249906.
This five–video series is designed to educate federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
2015 OVC Report to the Nation, Fiscal Years 2013-2014: Building Capacity Through Research, Innovation, Technology, and Training (August 2015) OVC, Report, OVC Fact Sheets, 4 pages, NCJ 248907.
OVC's Report to the Nation summarizes the progress made in upholding crime victims' rights and providing high-quality services to victims, survivors, and communities during fiscal years 2013−2014. The report highlights innovative programs and victim-centered initiatives, summarizes financial support to states and U.S. territories, and provides insight into OVC's strategic efforts to address both emerging and enduring challenges in order to expand and enhance victim assistance throughout the Nation.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma DVD (April 2015) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 239938.
This video series addresses the needs of children exposed to crime, abuse, and violence; highlights major issues in child victimization; identifies promising practices for service providers and others working with young victims; and shows how trauma-informed care can help child victims recover to lead healthy, productive lives. Online only companion resource guides accompany each video.
Abstract | HTML
 
Report to the U.S. Attorney General on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Tribal Nations: Issues and Recommendations (June 2014) OVC, Report, 37 pages, NCJ 248527.
This report from the National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative examines federal response to adult and child victims of sexual violence in tribal nations and reports recommendations for improvement.
Abstract | PDF
 

OJP Publications

Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2014 National Report (December 2014) OJJDP-Sponsored, Grant, 244 pages, NCJ 248587.
This report summarizes what is known about the prevalence and incidence of juvenile victimizations, juvenile offending and the juvenile justice system.
Abstract | PDF
 
Recognizing When a Child's Injury or Illness Is Caused by Abuse (July 2014) OJJDP, Portable Guide, OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse, 28 pages, NCJ 243908.
This guide provides information about the many indicators of child maltreatment and abuse to help first responders and investigators differentiate between physical abuse and accidental injury.

Part Of the OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse Series Abstract | PDF
 
Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, School, and Medical Authorities (April 2012) OJJDP, Bulletin, OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series, 8 pages, NCJ 235394.
This bulletin presents survey results from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) regarding authorities' knowledge of victimization incidents involving children and youth, particularly police, school, and medical authorities.

Part Of the OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series Series Abstract | PDF | HTML (EPUB) | HTML (MOBI)
 
U.S. Attorney General's Defending Childhood Initiative: Formative Evaluation of the Phase I Demonstration Program (November 2011) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 16 pages, NCJ 236563.
This report describes the nature and scope of children's exposure to violence in eight demonstration sites, describing the common and unique strategies the sites chose for addressing the problem, and drawing key lessons so that other jurisdictions seeking to address children's exposure to violence in their own communities can learn from the current evaluation of the Defending Childhood Initiative.
Abstract | PDF
 
Polyvictimization: Children's Exposure to Multiple Types of Violence, Crime, and Abuse (October 2011) OJJDP, Bulletin, OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series, 12 pages, NCJ 235504.
This bulletin focuses on polyvictimization, which is defined as having experienced multiple victimization of different kinds, such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, bullying, and exposure to family violence.

Part Of the OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series Series Abstract | PDF | HTML (EPUB) | HTML (MOBI)
 

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Child abuse and neglect occur when a parent, caretaker, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) acts, or fails to act, in a manner that results in the death, serious physical or emotional harm, or sexual abuse or exploitation of a child; or that presents an imminent risk of serious harm to a child.

Each year, April is designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for raising awareness about child abuse and neglect. To learn more about the Justice Department’s current efforts related to children exposed to violence, including victims of child abuse, visit the Defending Childhood Web site.


Child abuse and neglect occur when a parent, caretaker, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) acts, or fails to act, in a manner that results in the death, serious physical or emotional harm, or sexual abuse or exploitation of a child; or that presents an imminent risk of serious harm to a child.

Each year, April is designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for raising awareness about child abuse and neglect. To learn more about the Justice Department’s current efforts related to children exposed to violence, including victims of child abuse, visit the Defending Childhood Web site.


Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Nov 17 2015 at 2:00PM, Geri Wisner, Tribal Prosecutor for the Pawnee Nation and Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, and Sarah Collins, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota, hosted a discussion on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Indian Country

On Apr 22 2015 at 2:00PM, Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children's Alliance, and Rebecca Khalil, J.D., staff attorney with the National Crime Victim Law Institute, hosted a discussion on Child Victims: Providing Effective Rights Enforcement Representation

On Apr 23 2014 at 2:00PM, Dr David Corwin, President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, Professor in Pediatrics Department at University of Utah, and Dr James Henry, Cofounder and Project Director for the Western Michigan University (WMU) Children's Trauma Assessment Center, hosted a discussion on Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences for Practitioners

On Apr 15 2014 at 2:00PM, Sally Laskey, Director of Special Projects for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C., Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center, hosted a discussion on CACs and SARTs Partnering for Sexual Violence Victims

On Feb 25 2014 at 2:00PM, Jennifer Stith, Executive Director of WINGS Foundation, Inc, and Dr Sheri Vanino, PsyD, licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with victims of trauma and sexual assault, hosted a discussion on Serving Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Child abuse and neglect occur when a parent, caretaker, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) acts, or fails to act, in a manner that results in the death, serious physical or emotional harm, or sexual abuse or exploitation of a child; or that presents an imminent risk of serious harm to a child.

Each year, April is designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for raising awareness about child abuse and neglect. To learn more about the Justice Department’s current efforts related to children exposed to violence, including victims of child abuse, visit the Defending Childhood Web site.


To whom can I report child abuse?
Each state designates specific agencies to receive and investigate reports of suspected child abuse ... Read More

How can I recognize the signs associated with child abuse and neglect?
You can learn about the signs associated with child abuse and neglect by viewing the Child Welfare I... Read More

How many children are sexually abused in the United States?
Child sexual abuse statistics are available in the Department of Health and Human Services' annual C... Read More

Where can I locate statistics on child abuse and neglect in the United States?
Statistics on child abuse and neglect are available in the Department of Health and Human Services' ... Read More

Who is considered a mandatory reporter of child abuse, including child sexual abuse/exploitation?
Individuals typically designated as mandatory reporters of child abuse, including child sexual abuse... Read More

More FAQs

Child abuse and neglect occur when a parent, caretaker, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) acts, or fails to act, in a manner that results in the death, serious physical or emotional harm, or sexual abuse or exploitation of a child; or that presents an imminent risk of serious harm to a child.

Each year, April is designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for raising awareness about child abuse and neglect. To learn more about the Justice Department’s current efforts related to children exposed to violence, including victims of child abuse, visit the Defending Childhood Web site.


FY 2017 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration (PDF 225 kb)
Deadline: 05/11/2017
This solicitation seeks to address the enduring issue of child and youth victimization through state-level demonstration projects. Although many systems exist to respond to issues caused by child and youth victimization, these systems often fail to communicate and collaborate effectively to get to the root of the problem. The competitively awarded state-level demonstration sites will bring all of the relevant systems and professionals together to establish a coordinated approach which will ensure that every child entering these systems is assessed for victimization, that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs, and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term. The project will be conducted in two phases—Phase 1: Planning (15 months) and Phase 2: Implementation (5 years). OVC expects to make up to two awards of up to $500,000 each through this initiative. Apply by May 11, 2017.

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Child abuse and neglect occur when a parent, caretaker, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) acts, or fails to act, in a manner that results in the death, serious physical or emotional harm, or sexual abuse or exploitation of a child; or that presents an imminent risk of serious harm to a child.

Each year, April is designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for raising awareness about child abuse and neglect. To learn more about the Justice Department’s current efforts related to children exposed to violence, including victims of child abuse, visit the Defending Childhood Web site.


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives (October 2016) OVC, OVC Training, 4 pages, NCJ 249906. This five–video series is designed to educate federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Training Series
 
A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives (October 2016) OVC, OVC Videos, 4 pages, NCJ 249906. This five–video series is designed to educate federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
2015 OVC Report to the Nation, Fiscal Years 2013-2014: Building Capacity Through Research, Innovation, Technology, and Training (August 2015) OVC, Report, OVC Fact Sheets, 4 pages, NCJ 248907. OVC's Report to the Nation summarizes the progress made in upholding crime victims' rights and providing high-quality services to victims, survivors, and communities during fiscal years 2013−2014. The report highlights innovative programs and victim-centered initiatives, summarizes financial support to states and U.S. territories, and provides insight into OVC's strategic efforts to address both emerging and enduring challenges in order to expand and enhance victim assistance throughout the Nation.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma DVD (April 2015) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 239938. This video series addresses the needs of children exposed to crime, abuse, and violence; highlights major issues in child victimization; identifies promising practices for service providers and others working with young victims; and shows how trauma-informed care can help child victims recover to lead healthy, productive lives. Online only companion resource guides accompany each video.
Abstract | HTML
 
Report to the U.S. Attorney General on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Tribal Nations: Issues and Recommendations (June 2014) OVC, Report, 37 pages, NCJ 248527. This report from the National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative examines federal response to adult and child victims of sexual violence in tribal nations and reports recommendations for improvement.
Abstract | PDF
 

OJP Publications

Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2014 National Report (December 2014) OJJDP-Sponsored, Grant, 244 pages, NCJ 248587. This report summarizes what is known about the prevalence and incidence of juvenile victimizations, juvenile offending and the juvenile justice system.
Abstract | PDF
 
Recognizing When a Child's Injury or Illness Is Caused by Abuse (July 2014) OJJDP, Portable Guide, OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse, 28 pages, NCJ 243908. This guide provides information about the many indicators of child maltreatment and abuse to help first responders and investigators differentiate between physical abuse and accidental injury.
Part Of the OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse Series
Abstract | PDF
 
Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, School, and Medical Authorities (April 2012) OJJDP, Bulletin, OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series, 8 pages, NCJ 235394. This bulletin presents survey results from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) regarding authorities' knowledge of victimization incidents involving children and youth, particularly police, school, and medical authorities.
Part Of the OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series Series
Abstract | PDF | HTML (EPUB) | HTML (MOBI)
 
U.S. Attorney General's Defending Childhood Initiative: Formative Evaluation of the Phase I Demonstration Program (November 2011) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 16 pages, NCJ 236563. This report describes the nature and scope of children's exposure to violence in eight demonstration sites, describing the common and unique strategies the sites chose for addressing the problem, and drawing key lessons so that other jurisdictions seeking to address children's exposure to violence in their own communities can learn from the current evaluation of the Defending Childhood Initiative.
Abstract | PDF
 
Polyvictimization: Children's Exposure to Multiple Types of Violence, Crime, and Abuse (October 2011) OJJDP, Bulletin, OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series, 12 pages, NCJ 235504. This bulletin focuses on polyvictimization, which is defined as having experienced multiple victimization of different kinds, such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, bullying, and exposure to family violence.
Part Of the OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series Series
Abstract | PDF | HTML (EPUB) | HTML (MOBI)
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

ChildVictimWeb
ChildVictimWeb is a free online training resource designed for professionals from all disciplines who work with children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence. This course describes the prevalence and characteristics of different forms of victimization often experienced in childhood, their psychological, behavioral, social, and health consequences, and implications for practice. Assessment strategies, an evidence-based approach to treatment planning, trauma-informed case management skills, and information about evidence supported treatments are presented.
 
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN operates a 24-hour telephone hotline (1-800-656-HOPE) and an Online Hotline for victims of sexual assault. The secure web-based hotline provides a safe, secure, and anonymous place for victims to get help online. RAINN also works to promote education and prevention of sexual assault, compiles and shares links to Legal Resources, including the State Mandatory Regulations regarding children and the elderly.
 

Federal Resources

Administration for Children and Families
ACF promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. Through its Children's Bureau, ACF assists states in the delivery of child welfare services. Its Web site presents related initiatives, statistics, ACF programs, funding, and information systems.
 
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): National Victimization Analysis Tool (NVAT)
This dynamic analysis tool allows you to examine National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) data, the nation's primary source of information on criminal victimization, on both violent and property victimization by select victim, household, and incident characteristics.
 
Child Welfare Information Gateway
A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by connecting child welfare, adoption and related professionals as well as the general public to timely, essential information.
 
CrimeSolutions.gov
CrimeSolutions.gov is a searchable online database of evidence-based programs covering a range of justice-related topics, including victim assistance programs; corrections; courts; crime prevention; substance abuse; juveniles; law enforcement; and technology and forensics. The site is a tool to understand, access and integrate scientific evidence about programs into programmatic and policy decisions.
 
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP): Statistical Briefing Book (SBB)
The OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book (SBB) enables users to access online information via OJJDP's Web site to learn more about juvenile crime and victimization and about youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Developed for OJJDP by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, SBB provides timely and reliable statistical answers to the most frequently asked questions from policymakers, the media, and the general public. In addition, the data analysis and dissemination tools available through SBB give users quick and easy access to detailed statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

FaithTrust Institute
The Institute provides training and consultation to religious communities on issues of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
 
International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA)
IOFA is dedicated to improving the lives of young people by addressing critical and emerging issues affecting vulnerable adolescents around the world.
 
National Center on Child Fatality Review
The mission of NCFR is to develop and promote a nationwide system of Child Fatality Review Teams to improve the health, safety and well being of children and reduce preventable child fatalities and severe injuries.
 
National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC)
NCAC models, promotes, and delivers excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership.
 
Prevent Child Abuse America
Prevent Child Abuse America promotes prevention strategies as well as providing advocacy, programs, resources, and answers to commonly asked questions about child abuse.
 

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Web Forum Discussions

Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Nov 17 2015 at 2:00PM, Geri Wisner, Tribal Prosecutor for the Pawnee Nation and Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, and Sarah Collins, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota, hosted a discussion on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Indian Country

On Apr 22 2015 at 2:00PM, Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children's Alliance, and Rebecca Khalil, J.D., staff attorney with the National Crime Victim Law Institute, hosted a discussion on Child Victims: Providing Effective Rights Enforcement Representation

On Apr 23 2014 at 2:00PM, Dr David Corwin, President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, Professor in Pediatrics Department at University of Utah, and Dr James Henry, Cofounder and Project Director for the Western Michigan University (WMU) Children's Trauma Assessment Center, hosted a discussion on Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences for Practitioners

On Apr 15 2014 at 2:00PM, Sally Laskey, Director of Special Projects for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C., Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center, hosted a discussion on CACs and SARTs Partnering for Sexual Violence Victims

On Feb 25 2014 at 2:00PM, Jennifer Stith, Executive Director of WINGS Foundation, Inc, and Dr Sheri Vanino, PsyD, licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with victims of trauma and sexual assault, hosted a discussion on Serving Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse


FAQs

To whom can I report child abuse?
Each state designates specific agencies to receive and investigate reports of suspected child abuse ... Read More

How can I recognize the signs associated with child abuse and neglect?
You can learn about the signs associated with child abuse and neglect by viewing the Child Welfare I... Read More

How many children are sexually abused in the United States?
Child sexual abuse statistics are available in the Department of Health and Human Services' annual C... Read More

Where can I locate statistics on child abuse and neglect in the United States?
Statistics on child abuse and neglect are available in the Department of Health and Human Services' ... Read More

Who is considered a mandatory reporter of child abuse, including child sexual abuse/exploitation?
Individuals typically designated as mandatory reporters of child abuse, including child sexual abuse... Read More

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Funding

FY 2017 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration (PDF 225 kb)
Deadline: 05/11/2017
This solicitation seeks to address the enduring issue of child and youth victimization through state-level demonstration projects. Although many systems exist to respond to issues caused by child and youth victimization, these systems often fail to communicate and collaborate effectively to get to the root of the problem. The competitively awarded state-level demonstration sites will bring all of the relevant systems and professionals together to establish a coordinated approach which will ensure that every child entering these systems is assessed for victimization, that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs, and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term. The project will be conducted in two phases—Phase 1: Planning (15 months) and Phase 2: Implementation (5 years). OVC expects to make up to two awards of up to $500,000 each through this initiative. Apply by May 11, 2017.

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