“Children don’t come with instructions. Yet parents are expected to know how to do this important and difficult job without training or education! Preventing child abuse and neglect is really about promoting positive parenting through education and support…on many levels. All of us can play a role in building strong families.” – Johanna Schuchert, PCAV Executive Director
In Virginia, a child is abused or neglected every 75 minutes, and every 14 days a child dies from such mistreatment. The immediate impact of abuse or neglect on a child is tragic, but so, too, are the long-term consequences — affecting children, their communities and the Commonwealth as a whole. Child abuse is often hidden, may occur over time, and is usually preventable.
Virginia has a relatively low child maltreatment rate, ranking 5th lowest in the United States for substantiated cases of abuse. Nationally, the child maltreatment rate was 10.6 substantiated cases per 1,000 children in 2007. Virginia’s rate was much lower, at 3.5 cases per 1,000 children for the same year. Pennsylvania’s rate of 1.5 was the lowest in the nation.
Prevent Child Abuse Virginia (PCAV) is a statewide, private nonprofit organization that strives through advocacy, education, direct services and partnerships to eliminate child abuse and neglect in the Commonwealth. PCAV leads a coalition of independent agencies and Healthy Families programs across Virginia and provides a range of support and information to help families and children thrive. For more information visit www.preventchildabuseva.org