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CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION
Child Abuse Prevention Network provides information on child abuse to parents, children, educators and health care professionals. This information includes statistics, prevention, organizations and services, shelters and news articles relating to child abuse prevention. This site also contains links to other related information.
Children's Institute International in Los Angeles, California. International organization for the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
The Dianne DeVanna Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and strengthen both individual family members and the family as a whole in order to significantly contribute to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
The website for the Enough Abuse Campaign provides parents, professionals, and concerned adults with facts regarding child abuse and prevention.
The International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is an organization that supports individuals, and organizations working to protect children from abuse and neglect worldwide. The web site includes resources, membership and conference information.
The Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund is a public/private agency to provide support to families statewide in an effort to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Prevent Child Abuse America Since 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America has led the way in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children.
270+ pages of child protection & abuse prevention information
Stop It Now!® works to mobilize adults, families and communities to take actions to prevent child abuse. The Stop It Now!® website provides information on their prevention programs, national helpline, and information on child abuse and prevention.
Crimes Against Children Research Center. The CCRC is concerned with children and adolescents, from birth through age 17, and all their crime victimizations, both within and outside the family, both known and unknown to law enforcement.
CHILD ADVOCACY CENTERS (top)
The National Children's Advocacy Center is a nonprofit agency providing prevention, intervention, and treatment services to physically and sexually abused children and their families within a child-focused team approach. Resources and information for parents and professionals.
National Children's Alliance (formerly the National Network of Children's Advocacy Centers) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide training, technical assistance and networking opportunities to communities seeking to plan, establish and improve Children's Advocacy Centers.
Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (NRCAC) is a training and technical assistance project that provides information, consultation, technical assistance and training, helping to establish child-focused programs that facilitate and support coordination among agencies responding to child abuse. NRCACs also provide regional services to help strengthen Children’s Advocacy Centers already in existence. For a listing of Children’s Advocacy Centers in Massachusetts, please go to our Listing of Programs page on our website.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES (top)
The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) is committed to giving survivors and their families and friends the resources they need to reclaim their lives and begin healing, to raising awareness of the issues survivors face, and to ending sexual violence through healing and social change.
The Family Violence Prevention Fund Since 1994, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, in partnership with The Advertising Council, has sponsored public education campaigns to raise awareness of domestic violence. The campaigns encourage people who are the friends, family members and co-workers of battered women to take action to stop domestic violence and help victims.
Jane Doe Inc. brings together organizations and people committed to ending domestic violence and sexual assault.
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. One of the premier resources for information on a wide range of topics related to violence and abuse.
MASSACHUSETTS STATE AGENCIES (top)
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a national organization that includes information for victims and professionals. For victims, information helps define the problem of Domestic Violence and provides a checklist for victims. Also, it includes information on what to do including making safe plans. The site includes information for professionals in the form of articles, resources, and public policy.
The Office of the Attorney General is a state agency to protect public safety and security and to protect the state's consumers.
Department of Criminal Justice Information Services is the state agency responsible for maintaining the Commonwealth's criminal justice information system, maintaining firearms licensing and transaction records, disseminating Massachusetts criminal offender record information, and giving assistance to those individuals or families that may be victims of crime.
Massachusetts Trial Court website with information about the Administrative Office of the Trial Court, the seven Trial Court Departments, Jury system, Probation Department, a link to the Law Library Site and a link to Massachusetts Appellate Court decisions.
The Department of Education is responsible for the state public education system in Massachusetts.
The Department of Mental Health is the state agency to work with adults with serious and persistent mental illness and children with serious mental illness or severe emotional disturbance.
The Department of Developmental Services is a state agency that provides support to the Commonwealth's citizens who have mental retardation.
The Department of Public Health is the state agency that promotes healthy people, families, communities and healthy environments through care, education and prevention.
The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state agency that receives and responds to child abuse and neglect reports and provides an array of services to children and families across the Commonwealth.
The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), formerly known as the Department of Public Welfare, is the state agency responsible for administering public assistance programs for needy citizens of the Commonwealth.
The Department of Youth Services is the state agency to work with youth who are committed in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) is the state agency to help crime victims by providing direct services and advocating for the rights and services for victims in the aftermath of crime.
Office of Early Education and Care is the state agency that monitors child care providers in Massachusetts.
The Sex Offender Registry Board is the state agency responsible for keeping track of convicted sex offenders and classifying each offender.
NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (top)
National Children's Alliance Web Site.
American Psychological Association – Trauma/Stress APA provides you with a home to share common interests with others and to get information vital to your profession.
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) is a professional society for those working in the field of child abuse and neglect. Their mission is to work with providers to improve services to child abuse victims and their non-offending families.
The Child Welfare Information Gateway (formerly the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect Clearinghouse) is a national resource for professionals seeking information on the prevention, identification and treatment of child abuse and neglect and related child welfare issues.
The Children's Defense Fund is a national organization with the mission to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities."
Child Welfare League of America. Protecting America's children through education, services and the development of programs and policies.
Communities Against Violence Network (CAVNET). List serve and database for professionals regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, rape and stalking.
For professionals to share information about the effects of trauma. (International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) is dedicated to discerning and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program, and service initiatives. Includes current news briefs, articles, resources, and conference information regarding the effects of trauma.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A hub for recovering missing children and preventing child abuse.
National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC). Provider of resources and training tools for victim service providers and an advocate for crime victimization awareness and its impact.
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Improving the juvenile court system through education and applied research.
National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Helps and trains community volunteers to speak for the best interest of children in court.
National Organization For Victim Assistance This list provides toll-free phone numbers and Web site addresses for a variety of agencies whose work may be of interest to victims/survivors of violent crime or crisis, or for those who work in the field of victim assistance or crisis response.
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) was established by the 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to oversee diverse programs that benefit victims of crime. OVC provides substantial funding to state victim assistance and compensation programsthe lifeline services that help victims to heal. The agency supports trainings designed to educate criminal justice and allied professionals regarding the rights and needs of crime victims.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (800-656-4673). The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). This guide is designed for nursing professionals involved in providing evaluations for sexually abused victims.
National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have designed this website to be useful to scientists, practitioners, advocates, grassroots organizations, and any other professional or lay person interested in current topics related to violence against women and its prevention.
PARENTS AND FAMILIES (top)
American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry. Assists families to understand child developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental disorders.
Family Resource, Information, Education and Network Development Services (FRIENDS). Provides training technical assistance, and information to promote the CBFRS programs.
An international organization for survivors of trauma and victimization. Resources and articles on PTSD and Trauma as well as personal sharing of victims.
The MSPCC is dedicated to protecting the rights of children and their families. In Massachusetts, they provide prevention, education and treatment services through a statewide network of program offices. Their website offers information on programs and services offered by the MSPCC, upcoming events, press releases and links to other sites.
The mission of the YWCA is to eliminate racism and empower women. The YWCA proves a safe place for women and girls, builds strong women leaders, and advocates for women’s and civil rights. The YWCA provides services to women who are survivors of rape and domestic violence and women who need job training, career counseling, and childcare.
University of New England: Master of Social Work website provides useful information regarding child abuse statistic, articles and resources.
Boys Town Press. Resources for youth serving professionals, educators and parents.
The Future of Children. A publication which provides information on major issues related to children's well being.
The Massachusetts Citizens for Children (MCC) is a non-profit statewide child advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the lives of the stateís most vulnerable children through advocacy by concerned citizens. The site includes information about MCC programs, including Prevent Child Abuse Massachusetts (the Massachusetts branch of Prevent Child Abuse America), the Massachusetts Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Partnership (MCSAPP), and the Massachusetts Campaign for Children.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS). Information on research, policy and practice related to criminal and juvenile justice and drug control.
National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect. A facilitator for the secondary analysis of research data relevant to the study of child abuse and neglect.
The New England Adolescent Research Institute (NEARI) provides programming and resources for highly at-risk children and youth and the professionals who work with them, including online training and resources for professionals.
Safer Society Press. Specializing in sexual abuse prevention and treatment publications.
Crimes Against Children Research Center. Information and resources concerning children's crime victimizations.