These are General Child Abuse Resources.
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Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on the Developing Brain
"One area that has been receiving increasing research attention involves the effects of abuse and neglect on the developing brain, especially during infancy and early childhood.
Much of this research is providing biological explanations for what practitioners have long been describing in psychological, emotional, and behavioral terms. There is now scientific evidence of altered brain functioning as a result of early abuse and neglect. This emerging body of knowledge has many implications for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect."
Child Welfare.gov, April 2015 Issue Brief.
Implementing the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics
"SaintA has been committed to implementing the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) since 2008, working closely with Dr. Bruce Perry and the ChildTrauma Academy staff, as well as its NMT partners and colleagues.
Our journeyhas been demanding and yet remarkably rewarding, teaching all of us about children, their families and the communities in which they grow up. We have learned a few lessons along the way"
FOCUS, V21, No.l2, Spring 2015.
Florida couple kept 2–year–old twins in home covered in feces, garbage and mold: police
"Wesley Benoit, 35, and 32–year–old Elizabeth Davis were hauled away from their Venice, Fla., home on child abuse charges after cops were greeted by the stench of feces, urine and garbage when they responded to a Tuesday morning disturbance. The children were naked and surrounded by safety hazards, cops said, and taken into custody by the state."
Daily News, December 17, 2014.
Utah dad sentenced to 30 days for chaining son, 7, to bed while he was at work
"Hodges was arrested and charged with four counts of child abuse. He pleaded guilty to one count in November as part of a deal with prosecutors—and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 30 days of house arrest on Monday."
Daily News, December 16, 2014.
Medill Watchdog: Harsh Treatment
"A year ago, Medill Watchdog at Northwestern University and the Chicago Tribune undertook an unprecedented look inside residential treatment centers designed to help youth with severe emotional, behavioral or mental issues....
What emerges is the most comprehensive look inside the residential treatment centers nationwide ever conducted. Running these facilities is no easy task. Some of the youth housed in these institutions are violent, sometimes sent to centers after criminal trouble. Caring for them as well as for children who may have been sexually abused, mentally frail or suicidal is tremendously challenging.
The quality of care, and the quality of oversight provided by officials, is uneven, the review shows. Federal efforts to create uniform standards years ago went no where, and the problems highlighted in congressional hearings in 2007 persist. Often the state and local law enforcement agencies may not even alert each other when incidents occur, making the job of protecting vulnerable youth even more difficult."
Medill Watchdog, Chicago Tribune, December 13, 2014.
Georgia police arrest 2 in starvation of infant
"The man fathered one of the 3–year–olds with the 21–year–old woman and the other 3–year–old and 5–year–old with his adult daughter, said Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith.
The man, 44, ordered his daughter to deprive the children and the 21–year–old woman of food if they were disobedient, police said. The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner said the infant died of starvation.
The man and his 23–year–old daughter face charges including felony and malice murder, cruelty to children, and cruelty to a physically disabled adult. The man was also charged with rape, incest and aggravated sodomy of his daughter."
News–Herald, November 14, 2014.
Father of girl, 3, shot in head at home blames attack on imagingary gunmen: cops
"An investigation into how a 3–year–old girl was critically shot in the head is underway after authorities say a 911 call captured her father giving a fake story to police.
In the chaotic call placed at a Lorain, Ohio, home Sunday morning, Jeremy Morales, 27, is heard in the background telling his girlfriend to tell police that a pair of hooded men did it, according to the call obtained by WKYC."
Daily News, November 03, 2014.
152 child deaths not reported to S.C. investigators
"More than 150 deaths of children in five years were not reported to South Carolina's criminal investigation bureau, according to an audit of the state's Department of Social Services released Friday."
USA Today, October 3, 2014.
Fla. mom hid infant in car trunk to avoid ticket for not having car seat: police
"A brainless Florida mom stuffed her 5–month–old baby in the trunk of her car on top of cutting shears and a tire iron because she didn't have a car seat, authorities said."
Daily News, September 24, 2014.
Baby left brain–dead after Slovak parents give him meth to stop his cries
" A Slovak couple has been arrested after they allegedly gave their 4–month–old son crystal meth because they couldn't stop him from crying.
Silvia Strnadova, 26, and husband Miroslav, 30, face prison for giving the highly addictive poison to their baby, which has left him brain dead."
Daily News, September 24, 2014.
Wisconsin dad shocked young daughter with dog collar: cops
"A Wisconsin man zapped his 7–year–old daughter with a dog's shock collar, leaving red marks on the sobbing child's neck, the girl's mother told police.
Zachary Kacmar, 28, of Sheboygan was charged with felony child abuse after the mom reported him to authorities, WISN 12 reported."
Daily News, September 13, 2014.
SC father accused of killing his kids was previously investigated for abuse
"CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters)—South Carolina child protection workers visited the family of a man accused of killing his five children at least a dozen times since 2011 in response to reports of abuse and neglect, state records released on Thursday show."
Another case in which the family of a dead child was 'known to' Children's Services.....
Reuters Press, September 11, 2014.
- Children's deaths in SC, MA put focus on abuse crisis
"State child welfare agencies say case workers were in contact with Timothy Ray Jones days before he allegedly killed his five children in South Carolina. A Massachusetts woman was arraigned on Friday after police discovered three dead infants in a Blackstone home."
Christian Science Monitor, September 12, 2014.
Mother of boys found in squalid Denver home pleads guilty to child abuse
"DENVER (Reuters)—The mother of four young boys who were found inside a squalid Denver home suffering from malnutrition and unable to speak except by grunts pleaded guilty on Friday to felony child abuse, prosecutors said."
Reuters Press, August 08, 2014.
Abuse Casts a Long Shadow by Changing Children's Genes
"Since he was in graduate school, Pollak has been interested in the way traumatic childhood experiences might change the brain. But, he says, the people studying those at–risk children were mostly social workers. Neuroscientists were interested in the role of brain biology in problems like depression and schizophrenia, but "when you started talking about really messy social problems like child abuse and poverty, they would look at me like, well how are you ever going to study that?" Pollak says. "They were different worlds."
Nova Next, July 30, 2014.
See also the pioneering work on how early abuse changes the developing brain by the The Child Trauma Academy.
Police: 25–pound boy nearly starved, beaten by family.
"(CNN)—A 7–year–old Pennsylvania boy beaten for sneaking food was nearly starved and weighed only 25 pounds when he arrived at a hospital, authorities said. The boy sometimes ate insects he caught on his porch."
CNN, July 20, 2014.
- Mom, grandparents of starved boy held for trial
"MERCER, Pa. (AP)—The mother and maternal grandparents of an 8–year–old Pennsylvania boy doctors said "looked like a Holocaust survivor" were ordered on Thursday to stand trial on attempted murder and other charges for allegedly denying the boy food regularly and hiding him from public view."
Associated Press, August 07, 2014.
MA mother charged with allowing child abuse, torture
"Justin Ladd is accused of hitting his stepdaughters with a hammer, beating them with belts and 2–by–4–foot pieces of wood, pulling on their tongues with pliers and threatening to have the girls raped by a motorcycle group.
Ladd is a white supremacist, and the words "white power" were written on the walls of the family''s High Street home, a prosecutor said in court yesterday. With his wife's knowledge, Ladd hit the girls, who are of Latino descent, and made them "dance around like monkeys," Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall said. He would call them racial slurs and tell them he was going to "beat the black out of them," MacDougall said."
Salem News, June 25, 2014.
Fla. mom arrested for branding her kids
"Florida mom brands daughters with hot stick to mark them as hers: cops"
Now tell us again, how children aren't property....
Daily News, June 19, 2014.
Japanese Mom kicks little girl in the head at Tokyo train station
Please note: the video has been removed, or we at The Zero would never run this story: you can still read the article and view some disturbing still photos. Apparently, getting a cell–phone shot is more important than intervening to help a child, these days....
One in Eight U.S. Children Experiences Maltreatment: Study
"'That 12.5% of children get to a point where their maltreatment is confirmed highlights just how big of a risk factor this is for children,' said Christopher Wildeman.
Even that may be a dramatic underestimate because there could be cases that can't be confirmed or others that go unreported, Wildeman, a sociologist at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, told Reuters Health."
Reuters Health, June 04, 2014.
Supervisors' Race focus on child welfare
Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2014.
Seems like the L.A. County Supervisors candidates are finally catching on to some proposals made by Andrew Vachss about thirty years ago:
Are You Going to Hurt Me Too?
The in–depth story about Daniel Morcombe's killer Brett Peter Cowan and how they caught him
Gold Coast Bulletin, March 14, 2014
Girl, 12, testifies how stepdad 'waterboarded' her
New York Daily News, February 4, 2014
CA mother, boyfriend held for murder of 3–year–old daughter
New York Daily News, February 3, 2014
Police: Seven kids found living in neglect at motel
[Robert Boyko and Marian Clark] were charged after police found their seven hungry and dirty children ranging in age from a one-week-old infant to a 14-year-old in what one officer called "deplorable conditions."
WANE-TV, January 09, 2014
Pediatrician pushes for Illinois program to identify child abuse
Dr. Jill Glick, one of only 11 board–certified child abuse pediatricians in Illinois, runs the child protective service team at the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital. She has long argued for the expansion of child abuse pediatric teams in the child welfare system.
Chicago Tribune, January 02, 2014
Vatican Snubs U.N. Probe On Sex Abuse Cases
Says it won't disclose information about abuse cases
Time, December 04, 2013
- Pope Setting Up Commission on the Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests
[T]he timing of the announcement, two days after a United Nations panel criticized the Vatican over its handling of abuse cases, suggested that the pope and his closest advisers wanted to at least be seen as tackling the issue with greater firmness.
New York Times, December 05, 2013
6,000 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect reported in Arizona went ignored: officials
A team at Arizona's Child Protective Services agency improperly designated thousands of cases over the past four years as 'not investigatedZ' to help manage the heavy workload and focus on the most severe cases, said the chief of the state's child welfare system.
Daily News, November 21, 2013
Tamryn Klapheke's Death Sparks Abilene Police Investigation Of Child Protective Services
Huffington Post, October 16, 2012
Social worker sentenced for ignoring child abuse cases
WKYT, July 24, 2012
Childhood Trauma Linked to Schizophrenia
Science Daily, April 19, 2012
Child Abuse Raises Risk of Illness in Adulthood
PhysOrg.com, October 08, 2009
Childhood Trauma May Shorten Life By 20 Years
"A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that children who experience six or more traumatic events in their childhood — events that can include emotional, physical or sexual abuse or household dysfunction — have an average lifespan 19 years shorter than those of their counterparts who do not suffer that degree of childhood trauma."
ABC News, October 06, 2009
Dallas child psychologist allowed to keep medical license despite molestation conviction
Dallas Morning News, September 11, 2009
Suicide Attempts, Gender, and Sexual Abuse: Data From the 2000 British Psychiatric Morbidity Survey
The American Journal of Psychiatry, September 1, 2009
Troubled kids help abused dogs and learn about love
New York Daily News, May 23, 2009
After Abuse, Changes in the Brain
New York Times, February 23, 2009
The Story of Unborn Baby B
Can a mother have her baby taken away at birth? No, but then Debbie B. is no mother—she's an abuser. Read about the precedent'setting Baby B case in which Andrew Vachss prevents child abuse. (07/15/88 – 05/15/08)
Child-Abuse Deaths Soar
New York Daily News, October 8, 2004
The Case of Dr. John Schneeberger Archive
Articles about convicted sex offender Dr. John Schneeberger; he raped his own step–daughter, but the court ordered that his young daughters visit him in prison. (11/27/99 – 07/22/04)
Bias Seen in Child Abuse Reporting
The Associated Press, October 1, 2002
Mass. Officials Probe Child Agency
The Associated Press, August 23, 2002
To an Abused Child, Most Faces Look Angry
HealthScoutNews, June 17, 2002
HealthScoutNews, April 12, 2002
Roots of Juvenile–Onset and Adult–Onset Depression May Differ
Reuters Health, April 10, 2002
No Charges in Failure to Report Allegation
The Orange County Register, March 8, 2002
Welfare Ban for Drug Felons Harms Children, Study Says
Los Angeles Times, February 28, 2002
Out of Harm's Way
The Chicago Tribune, January 23, 2002
Researchers Find Clues Linking Child Abuse to Addiction
Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly 14(2), 2002
Violence Against Children Worldwide
Report from Human Rights Watch, September 2001, regarding sexual and physical violence against children worldwide; including child workers, child soldiers, children in custody, and children at home.
Attorney General: Child Abuse Reports Are Public Record
Sun-Sentinel, July 25, 2001
King Passes Laws Inspired by N.H. Girl's Death
The Associated Press, June 20, 2001
Normal Life Within Victims' Grasp Despite Childhood Trauma of Abuse
The Dallas Morning News, June 16, 2001
Child Abuse and Neglect Unit to Be Established at the Yekatit 12 Hospital
Addis Tribune, May 25, 2001
Child Abuse: A fact sheet from the Department of Justice Canada
From The National Clearinghouse on Family Violence (Canada, 2001)
Family Violence Intervention: The Role of the Dental Team in Recognition & Referral
Information for dentists and their staff on recognizing and referring suspected cases of child abuse/neglect, elder abuse/neglect, and spousal abuse (1999)
Our Endangered Species: A Hard Look At How We Treat Children
by Andrew Vachss, Parade, March, 29 1998
Today's Victim Could Be Tomorrow's Predator
by Andrew Vachss, Parade, June 3, 1990
The Child Abuse Backlash: A Time Of Testing
by Andrew Vachss, Justice for Children Vol. 2, No.3, 1989
Are You Going To Hurt Me Too?
by Andrew Vachss, Parade, October 13, 1985
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REPORT CHILD ABUSE
CHILDHELP USA® National Child Abuse Hotline
Toll-free: 1-800-422-4453 (24 hours)
(This is a national hotline that also reaches Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.)
State Hotlines to Report Suspected Child Abuse
(click here for Articles/Information/Research)
Canadian Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children
356 First Street
Midland Ontario L4R 4P4
Phone: (705) 526-5647
15757 N. 78th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (480) 922-8212
Toll-Free Hotline: 1-800-422-4453
CHILDLINE South Africa
2017, Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone: 011 484 1070
Toll-free Hotline: 0800 55555 (24 hours)
Services include a 24 hour toll-free Helpline, as well as treatment centres for individual, family and play therapy, prevention programs, community safehouses & training and awareness programs in the community.
The ChildTrauma Academy
5161 San Felipe, Suite 320
Houston, TX 77056
Phone: (713) 818-3967
Child Welfare League of America
440 First Street NW, Suite 310
Washington, DC 20001-2085
Phone: (202) 638-2952
Oberstrasse 14 b
Phone: 40 484884
Dunkelziffer e.V. is an organization entirely funded by private donations, working against child sexual abuse and child pornography. They offer an education program for police and other professionals in these areas, as well as counseling/therapies for abused children, and legal advice at no charge.
Healthy Families America
Prevent Child Abuse America
200 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 663-3520
HFA is a national program model designed to help expectant and new parents get their children off to a healthy start. Families participate voluntarily and receive home visiting and referrals from trained staff. By providing services to overburdened families, HFA fits into the continuum of services provided to families in many communities.
International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
25 W. 560 Geneva Rd., Suite L2C
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Phone: (630) 221-1311
Kempe Children's Center
1825 Marion Street
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: (303) 864-5300
National Association to Protect Children/PROTECT:
National Association to Protect Children
P.O. Box 2187
Knoxville, TN 37901
Telephone: (865) 525-0901
P.O. Box 2127
Knoxville, TN 37901
Telephone: (865) 525-0901
America's first political lobby for child protection.
Locate the Law: Prosecuting Sex Crimes, Child Abuse, and Computer Crimes
Comprehensive site from Dennis Nicewander, Asst. State Attorney (FL), with links to statutes, appellate decisions and case law pertaining to Sex Crimes, Child Abuse, and Computer Crimes, including child exploitation statutes for online crimes.
National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
PO Box K241
Phone: 02 9211 0224
National Child Protection Clearinghouse
Australian Institute of Family Studies
300 Queen Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
Phone: 03 9214 7888
The NCPC collects, shares, monitors and distributes information on the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20447
National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
Surge 1 - FLDC
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: (607) 255-7799
Tribal Court Clearinghouse: Child Abuse & Neglect
The Tribal Law & Policy Institute
8235 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 211
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Phone: (323) 650-5467
Information on Indian Child Welfare Act, resources for Tribal Court, law enforcement, and social services personnel regarding child abuse and neglect on reservations, Tribal family resources.
USUHS Radiology Child Abuse Website
Child Abuse Referral and Education (CARE) Network
Extremely comprehensive site from the Uniformed Services University of Health Science and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, with information for medical personnel attempting to distinguish abuse/neglect related injuries and fatalities from accidental injury, SIDS, etc. Includes sections on injuries to various types of trauma, radiological imaging, Shaken Baby Syndrome, and reporting suspected abuse/neglect cases by military medical personnel.
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