PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced a proclamation declaring the month of April “National Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Arizona. The governor, along with the Department of Child Safety and non-profit organizations across the state, are partnering to prevent child abuse and provide intervention and treatment to victims.
“Every day across our country, nearly 5 children lose their lives as a result of child abuse and neglect. Last year in Arizona, our Department of Child Safety received over 135,000 calls to the child abuse hotline, generating over 51,000 reports for investigation of alleged abuse,” said Governor Ducey. “We can and must do better to ensure that our must vulnerable children are protected and given safe, stable and nurturing environments.”
"All citizens need to be watchful and vigilant when it comes to protecting children and reporting abuse," said Greg McKay, director of the Arizona Department of Child Safety. "It's of equal importance to detect families in crisis and intervene before abuse occurs.”
The governor has also proclaimed April 6 as ChildHelp National Day of Hope, to raise awareness of how Arizonans can take action to prevent child abuse and make a difference in the lives of children.
View the governor’s official proclamations here:
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Childhelp National Day of Hope
For downloadable resources to help prevent abuse and neglect, go to keepazkidssafe.org.