Many helpful resources are available to parents, teachers and other concerned adults to aid in the safety and protection of children they suspect are being abused. Some resources noted below also sponsor programs to help prevent child abuse.
- Child Help & National Child Abuse Hotline
- National Sex Offender Registry
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- National Children’s Alliance
- Indiana Chapter, National Children’s Alliance: list of child advocacy centers for my friends and neighbors in the Hoosier state
- National Children’s Adovcacy Center
- Darkness to Light Foundation
- CourtSystem.org: for state-by-state court, district attorney and jail contacts and data
- Women At Risk (WAR) International: this organization also helps children who are victims of exploitation and human trafficking
- Chaucie’s Place Child Advocacy Center… this center holds a special place in my heart
- Indiana Department of Child Services: contact information to make a child abuse report in Indiana
- ACLS Training Center: Pediatric Health and Safety Guidelines
If you are a teen and would like to speak with another teen to help you work through a problem, give Teen Line a buzz at (310) 855-HOPE or (800) TLC-TEEN. You can also text “TEEN” to 839863 between 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm PST to speak with one of our teens (Text STOP to opt out. Standard message and data rates may apply. See more at the Teen Line terms and conditions.
Many teens also experience trauma. Studies indicate that anywhere from 14% to over 40% of all children suffer from at least one significantly traumatic event in their lives. Sadly, many turn to drugs or alcohol for relief and become addicted. There are many resources available to help teens fight addiction. One such resource is DrugRehab.com.
Child Trauma and Abuse
Violence and trauma have a powerful impact both on the children who are victims of abuse or witnesses to crime, as well as our communities and society at-large. The Office for Victims of Crime produced an impactful 8-minute video which outlines these impacts. Only by working together to protect children from violence and trauma will the longer term impact on each of us, and the world, be realized.