U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Sexual Abuse

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the organization provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.

Review Date: July 28, 2011

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American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Founded in 1951, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has over 55,000 members and is the nation's leading group of professionals providing health care for women. ACOG works primarily in four areas: serving as a strong advocate for quality health care for women; maintaining the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education for its members; promoting patient education and stimulating patient understanding of and involvement in medical care; increasing awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care. ACOG houses a resource center which acts as a clearinghouse for ob/gyn information for both professionals and consumers.

Review Date: November 10, 2011

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Center for the Pacific Asian Family

The Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) is nonprofit organization that offers domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse services in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. The mission of the Center is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and the consequences of family violence and violence against women. CPAF is committed to meeting the specific cultural and language needs of API women and their families.

Review Date: September 22, 2011

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Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma

The IVAT is an important International resource, research and training center that includes all areas of violence, abuse and trauma. The Institute encompasses multiple centers, which focus on Family Violence in the broad sense, Sexual Assault, Youth and School Violence, Workplace Violence, Violence Prevention, and Traumatic Stress. The IVAT specializes in training and programs, publications, professional services, an annual international conference, regional mini-conferences, as well as community relations and outreach for each of its broad topic areas. Based upon years of professional and organizational research and practical experience, the IVAT is a leader in the development and dissemination of strategies to eliminate violence, abuse and trauma.

Review Date: May 01, 2009

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National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was established to address the issues created by the problem of missing children, especially their criminal and sexual exploitation. NCMEC's technical staff of former law enforcement officers provides assistance to individuals, groups, agencies, and governments in locating and returning missing children; develops technical assistance packets on searching techniques and action plans for parents; and disseminates materials from other organizations on preventing and dealing with non-custodial parental abductions. NCMEC also assists law enforcement agencies with investigation techniques and provides education programs for parents, schools, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations.

Review Date: November 15, 2010

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National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence

NCCAFV is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation serving all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCCAFV's commitment is to intergenerational family violence prevention -- of child abuse, domestic violence (spouse/partner abuse) and elder abuse. NCCAFV provides public awareness and education materials, program and resource development consultation, and technical assistance and training in the United States and internationally.

Review Date: April 14, 2011

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National Domestic Violence Hotline

The National Domestic Violence Hotline was established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed by Congress. The Hotline is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. The Hotline answers a variety of calls and is a resource for domestic violence advocates government officials, law enforcement agencies and the general public. The Hotline serves as the only domestic violence hotline in the nation with access to more than 4,000 shelters and domestic violence programs across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Advocates receive approximately 23,500 calls each month. The Hotline is toll-free, confidential and anonymous. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in more than 170 different languages through interpreter services, with a TTY line available for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing. The staff at The Hotline is also available to provide assistance and guidance in a variety of areas including media, public relations, fundraising, public policy, legal advocacy and public education and training.

Review Date: November 17, 2011

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Prevent Child Abuse America

Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 and based in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 49 states and over 400 Healthy Families America, home visitation sites in 37 states, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. To learn more about what we're doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, please visit the websites: preventchildabuse.org and healthyfamiliesamerica.org.

Review Date: January 20, 2011

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Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at online.rainn.org, both of which are available around the clock, and publicizes the hotlines' free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual violence; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual violence, improves services to victims and ensures that rapists are brought to justice.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

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Safer Society Foundation, Inc.

Safer is a nonprofit agency whose services include research, advocacy, and referrals on the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse. We have a press specializing in abuse prevention and treatment publications and videos designed for juvenile and adult offenders, survivors, family members, and professional treatment providers, as well as for court and correctional personnel. Free catalogs provided for your consumers, training events and conferences. (Ask for Tammy Kennedy, Research, Referral, & Marketing Director).

Review Date: December 23, 2010

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The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect

Formerly the C. Henry Kempe National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, this institution was founded in 1972 to provide a clinically based resource for training, consultation, program development and evaluation, and research on all forms of child abuse and neglect. The Center is committed to multidisciplinary approaches to improve the recognition, treatment, and prevention of all forms of abuse and neglect.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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