Everyone can play a role in preventing child abuse

Child Abuse is a big problem in Arizona. And there is something that you can do about it. Strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect. 

What are the Protective Factors?
Our division of Children & Family is founded on an evidence-based framework called the Protective Factors. Research shows that when these protective factors are present in a community, the likelihood of abuse and neglect diminishes.  

It's important to remember that you don't have to be a parent of young children, a professional in the field, or a lawmaker to make a difference. Everyone can play a role in preventing child abuse. 

To recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month, our "Building Community, Building Hope" campaign will give you weekly information, tips, and toolkit materials to help us prevent child abuse and neglect in Arizona.

Week 1 - Strong Families Ask for Help When They Need It

Families whose basic needs are met are better able to care for their children's safety and wellbeing. When people face a crisis or have limited opportunities, they need to rely on a network of support.

How you can help:

  • Organize a clothing swap or babysitting co-op in your church or neighborhood
  • Familiarize yourself with local community supports (nonprofits, helplines, support groups, training programs) and teach families how to access them
  • Be a voice. Let parents experiencing challenges know that they are not alone. One person voicing a cause can mobilize a community