Stopping child abuse is in your hands

Don’t think your baby can be a victim of abuse? Think again. Kentucky and Indiana have some of the highest rates of child physical abuse and neglect in the country – more than 40,000 kids a year. The catastrophic effects of child abuse are felt by families of all races, backgrounds and economic statuses.

We all can do our part to keep kids safe and put an end to abuse, which is 100 percent preventable, by staying in control, being smart in choosing a child’s caregiver, knowing how to get support and identifying the signs before it’s too late. Here are some ways you can help:

  • If you’re a parent and you feel yourself about to lose control, it’s OK to step away. Listen to your favorite song, take a few deep breaths or call a friend.
  • Keep a list of friends’ and family members’ phone numbers to call for support.
  • If you know a parent who may need a break, offer to babysit so he or she can step away for an hour or two.
  • Offer to run an errand for a neighbor with small children who has difficulty getting out of the house. A small gesture like that can greatly reduce stress for the parent.

If you suspect child abuse, you must report it by law. In Kentucky, call (877) KYSAFE1 and in Indiana, call (800) 800-5556. You can remain anonymous.

Here are more tools to help you keep your child safe:

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Other resources:

About the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse (PECA)

PECA works with state and local organizations that share a passion for protecting children toward the goal of ending abuse and saving lives. The partnership was founded in 2012 by Kentucky’s two children’s hospitals and three medical schools, including Norton Children’s Hospital, UofL Pediatrics – Forensic Medicine, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky – Department of Pediatrics, and University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. Today, PECA’s members include the four children’s hospitals and four medical schools in Kentucky and Indiana, as well as numerous other state agencies who deal with child abuse.

 

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