Symbology in Child Abuse Prevention Month: Pinwheels

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America declared the pinwheel as the national symbol for child abuse prevention through the campaign, Pinwheels for Prevention. Pinwheels symbolize the notions of playfulness, joy, and childhood. It serves as a reminder of the great childhoods we want for all children. The cyclical nature of the pinwheel depicts positive cycles […]

Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month was officially created in 1983. In every year since, the nation comes together to recognize and bring awareness of the child abuse and neglect epidemic in the United States. This month is a reminder of the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse […]

Child Abuse Prevention Month in the Context of COVID-19

Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD Brett Drake, PhD, Catherine Cobetto, Maria Gandarilla Ocampo Washington University in St Louis According to various news articles, child abuse and neglect hotlines around the country are reporting dramatic declines in the last few weeks. Colorado down by more than 1/3 from same time last year (Gliha, 2020) Connecticut dropped 70% (Thomas, […]

The COVID-19 Context of Child Abuse Prevention

In news articles across the country, there have been several states (including Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois & Missouri) reporting dramatic drops (1/3 to 2/3) in reports of maltreatment compared to what would be expected. Normally drops in calls would be a welcome sight for child abuse prevention advocates, but sadly no program exists that is capable […]

Center for Innovation in CM Policy Research & Training

The Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment Policy Research & Training New child maltreatment research center launched with $6.5 million NIH grant We are excited to announce that in addition to CVIP we have received funding for a new center, “The Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment Policy Research and Training.” The new center joins […]