Child Abuse, Child Neglect, and Safety Violations in DoD Child & Youth Programs and Schools
Downloadable posters with information about preventing child abuse and child neglect and reporting safety violations occurring in DoD child or youth programs or schools.
Child Abuse Public Service Announcements
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Since 1983, April has been National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The observance serves to educate parents and the community about warning signs of child abuse and neglect, helping resources and to reinforce that the safety and well-being of children is a shared community responsibility.
Did You Know?
There are downloadable information sheets with information about support options for parents, building better relationships and reporting abuse.
Distinctions between Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault
There are some important distinctions between domestic abuse/intimate partner violence and adult sexual assault. Learn the precise definition of each and where to get help in this downloadable PDF and PowerPoint.
Domestic Violence Public Service Announcements Created for DoD
Family Violence Prevention Fund Domestic Violence Public Awareness Campaign Materials
National Domestic Violence Hotline Public Awareness Campaign Materials
DoD Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Prevention Initiative Toolkit
The Toolkit was disseminated to installations worldwide and contains valuable educational resources for Service providers working with parents of infants in Family Advocacy Programs, Military Treatment Facilities, and National Guard state family programs. The materials are designed to help parents cope with the stress of an infant and inform them of the dangers of shaking. Program materials include:
- Educational DVDs, including Portrait of Promise and Have a Plan. The DVDs may be used to prompt discussion regarding strategies parents can use to manage the stress of a crying infant and to educate them about Shaken Baby Syndrome. A sample parent commitment statement and sample script are available to providers using the Portrait of Promise DVD with new parents.
Teen Dating Violence
For teenagers, dating relationships can be both exciting and confusing. What may start out as teasing or harassing behavior in a relationship can set the stage for physical violence. Teens may have difficulty recognizing when a relationship turns abusive. They may think abuse is a normal part of a relationship and may be ill-equipped to handle the confusing emotions. Like their civilian counterparts, military teens are at risk for dating abuse, which includes physical, sexual or emotional abuse in a dating relationship or with a former dating partner. Helping teens learn to develop healthy relationship skills can go a long way to preventing teen dating violence. Click on the link to open a PDF of the fact sheet:
The Department of Defense supports military families through the Family Readiness System by offering information, services and programs to help service members and families build healthy relationships. For single, dating and married service members, and service members with children, the Family Readiness System offers an array of support services to build and sustain healthy relationships. Click on the link to open a PDF of the fact sheet:
Military Family Month
Each year in November, communities around the world observe Military Family Month. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of military families and convey to them respect and appreciation for the sacrifices they make to support their service members. Military communities typically organize special events to recognize their local military families.