There are many factors that contribute to child abuse, but one of the most important is the fact that most of it happens in the privacy of the home and the victims are too young to do anything about it. This makes it easier for the perpetrators to continue abusing the child without anyone knowing it. Although there are many organizations that want and have the ability to help, the first move must come from either the victims themselves or a concerned party that has seen or suspects that some abuse is happening.
With the advent of technology, child abuse cases has received a lot of attention from the media, law enforcement and organizations. The Internet has also proven to be a great help for the victims by making it easier for them to find information and get help. The general public are also mobilizing against child abusers, specially sexual predators.
The following is a brief list of national organizations that provide immediate assistance and resources on specific topics related to child abuse and neglect.
The mission of the American Humane Association (AHA) is to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect, and the exploitation of children and animals.
The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) is an organization of individuals and agencies concerned with human services. APHSA’s mission is to promote, develop, and implement public human service policies that improve the health and well-being of families and children.
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects professionals and the general public to information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families.
This directory lists the in-state toll-free and local phone numbers maintained by States to receive reports about suspected child abuse. Reports about abuse in all States can be made by calling Childhelp (800-4-A-Child) or local child protective service agencies.
This resource listing provides website addresses for State child welfare agency offices. All 50 States and the District of Columbia are included.