Traumatic childhood events such as abuse, neglect, witnessing experiences such as crime, parental conflict, mental illness, and substance abuse can create dangerous levels of stress and derail healthy brain development—resulting in long-term effects on learning, behavior and health. A growing network of leaders in research, policy and practice are developing approaches to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and mitigate their impact through building resilience.
The Stop Abuse Campaign focuses on protecting children by preventing trauma.
You can read about the public policy initiatives we support below.
Maternal Home Visiting programs give mothers who are at high risk for abusing their children the skills to fix their own lives, parent successfully and break the cycle of abuse. They decrease short-term costs associated with emergency room visits, preterm births, and CPS involvement. Long-term, they also decrease costs associated with special education and crime. Their first year, they save taxpayers $1.15 for every dollar invested in them, and the savings grow over time.
We all want to know if there is a registered child molester near our children and laws like Megan’s Law ensure we can.
But did you know that Statutes of Limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse protect most molesters ensuring that 9 out of 10 are not reported, not convicted, and not on the registry. Every day, we hear stories about a child who has disclosed sexual abuse and who is getting their day in court. What we don’t hear about is the 90% of offenders who are barred from court, and the connection between an obscure law and new victims.
The Quincy Solution is a series of best practices centered around batterer accountability and community coordination that have been shown to dramatically reduce domestic violence (DV) crime. Quincy Massachusetts, San Diego California and Nashville Tennessee all implemented similar practices and saw similar results. A decrease in domestic violence murders by half or more.
Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is one of the most vile of crimes and the ACE Study shows it is a crime that harms victims for the rest of their lives. We can’t leave it up to children to protect themselves from abuse, that’s an adult responsibility. But adults can’t protect children if they don’t understand what they’re protecting children from. It takes a village to protect a child. Working together we can ensure our villages are capable of protecting all of our children.