Child Abuse

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Safe-House: Creating Safe, Beneficial Environments for Children Background: Child abuse is a subjective term which can carry multiple meanings and definitions. However, for the purpose of this paper, child abuse will be composed of the following definition. “Child abuse consists of any act of commission or omission that endangers or impairs a child’s physical or emotional health and development. Child abuse includes any damage done to a child which cannot be reasonably explained and which is often represented by an injury or series of injuries appearing to be non-accidental in nature.” The most well-known forms of child abuse include the following: physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and emotional abuse (Childhelp, 2014). Among developed countries, the United States is one of the most notorious countries known for the quantity of child abuse that occurs. To illustrate the severity of this issue, an incidence of child abuse is reported every ten seconds. Furthermore, more than four children die every day from child abuse (Childhelp, 2014). It is apparent that child abuse has become a serious epidemic requiring national attention and treatment. To address this, I have created a program entitled Safe-House: Creating Safe, Beneficial Environments for Children. Throughout the paper, the program will be referred to as Safe-House for abbreviation purposes. Program Description: Safe-House is a multi-level prevention program which possesses numerous goals in hopes of reducing the amount of child abuse that occurs in America. It is a government and privately funded institute. The program has many general goals as well as specific goals for each stage of prevention. The headquarters of Safe-House is located in Baltimore, Maryland. Howev... ... middle of paper ... ...troubling society such as homelessness. In conclusion, this would eliminate the billions of dollars child abuse costs Americans every year. Works Cited Childhelp. (2014, May). Childhelp. National Child Abuse Statistics. Maureen R. Waller and Raymond Swisher Social Problems, Vol. 53, No. 3 (August 2006), pp. 392-420 Moran, P. and Ghate, Deborah. (2005). The effectiveness of parenting support. Children & Society, 19(4), 329-336. Paek, H., Hove, T., Kim, M., & Jeong, H. (2011). Mechanisms of Child Abuse Public Service Announcement Effectiveness: Roles of Emotional Response and Perceived Effectiveness. Health Communication, 26(6), 534-545. Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota. (2014, January 28). Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota. Levels of Prevention. Russo, Gina. (2008, January 29). Child Abuse and Neglect Cost Nation over $100 Billion per Year. Pewtrusts.org.

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