Titusville Officials Support Child Abuse Prevention

By  //  April 1, 2013

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

(ABOVE VIDEO: CityOfTitusville)

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Child abuse and child neglect is 100 percent preventable.

Parents don’t wake up and say, “Today is the day I am going to abuse my children.” Abuse and neglect usually occurres when parents or caregivers are overwhelmed. Because of this, a neighborhood response is the best response.

Titusville, Florida mayor Jim Tulley, and Police Chief John Lau, issue an official proclamation by the City of Titusville in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month. (City of Titusville video image)

Here are some ways you can get help prevent child abuse and neglect:

What can community members do?

• Help a friend, neighbor or relative: – Being a parent isn’t easy. Offer a helping hand taking care of children so the parents can rest or spend time together. -Make dinner for a struggling family
• Get involved: -Ask your community leaders, clergy, library and schools to develop services to meet the needs of healthy children and families.
• Help develop parenting resources at your local library
• Promote programs in schools: -Teaching children, parents, and teachers prevention strategies can help to keep children safe.
• Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program. For volunteer opportunities call 1-800-CHILDREN

If you have reason to believe a child has been or is being harmed, call the Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE or your local police department. The Titusville Police Department can be contacted at 321-264-7800.

What can parents do?

• Help yourself: When the big and little problems of everyday life pile up to the point where you feel overwhelmed and out of control,take a time out. Don’t take it out on a child.
• Be a nurturing parent: Children need to know that they are special, loved and capable of following their dreams.
• If your baby cries: It can be frustrating to hear a baby cry. Learn what to do if your baby won’t stop crying. Never shake a baby –shaking a child may cause severe injury or death.
• Monitor your children’s television, movie and internet

MOST IMPORTANTLY, REPORT SUSPECTED ABUSE

If you have reason to believe a child has been or is being harmed, call the Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE or your local police department. The Titusville Police Department can be contacted at 321-264-7800.

For more information on Child Abuse Prevention log on to Ounce.org or call the Florida Abuse Prevention Hotline at 1-800-FLA-LOVE


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