The following management tools are available for download and printing by child abuse prevention service providers to help conduct and promote their programs. Upgrades for Acrobat Reader software are available at no charge at

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 reinforcing that the safety and well-being of children is a shared community responsibility.

Did You Know?

Downloadable information sheets with information about support options for parents, building better relationships and reporting abuse include the following:

Distinctions Between Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault

There are some important distinctions between domestic abuse and intimate partner violence and adult sexual assault. Learn the precise definition of each and where to get help in this downloadable PDF and PowerPoint.

Department of Defense Shaken Baby Syndrome 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.
  • public service announcement airing on Armed Forces Radio and Television Service channels throughout DoD — Windows Media Player is required to view the PSA.

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: