Champions For Children: Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads is a 501 (c) 3 organization that has served the Hampton Roads region since 1983 in the quest to prevent child abuse and neglect. Champions For Children focuses its efforts and resources on public awareness, education and advocacy for the prevention of all forms of child abuse and neglect.
How do we prevent child abuse?
Champions for Children: Prevent Child Abuse works to prevent all forms of child abuse in the Hampton Roads region.
Why? Because child abuse is one of the most, if not the most, difficult and potentially harmful life events that a child ever endures. Both the emotional and economic costs of child abuse are staggering.
We take evidence-based, nationally documented solutions (we read the research) and deliver them to the citizens of Hampton Roads.
Research findings are in abundance and clearly indicate that child abuse is preventable using effective public awareness campaigns and prevention programs for community change. We must make people aware of abuse realities and deliver programs that prevent abuse!
Successful prevention programs educate people on what to do to prevent child abuse and neglect. We also must advocate to improve existing laws and make better laws to protect children from harm.
Yes, it is difficult but with all of us working together, child abuse is preventable.
Child Abuse and Neglect in Virginia
During State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2015, there were 49,868 children reported as possible victims of abuse or neglect in 33,020 completed reports which were accepted by Virginia’s city and county departments of social services.
Of the 49,868 children reported, 6,592 were in founded investigations. Founded means that a review of the facts gathered during an investigation met the preponderance of the evidence standard.
• 18.91% were reported by anonymous/other
• 18.33%were reported by law enforcement/legal
• 15.24% were reported by relatives/parents
• 10.39% were reported by mental health
• 8.91% were reported by medical community
• 3.65% were reported by social services staff
• .92% were reported by child care providers
• 42.96% of all victims were children aged 4 -11
• 21.49% of all victims were children aged 12-17
**The age of 3.80% of the victims was unknown.
• 26.13% of the maltreatment was due to physical abuse.
• 10.84% of the maltreatment was due to sexual abuse.
• 3.28% of the maltreatment was due to mental abuse/neglect.
• 2.29% of the maltreatment was due to medical neglect.
• 32.53% of all victims were black
• 1.12% of all victims were Asian
Source: Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) as of 12-17-15
To Report Abuse or Suspected Abuse:Child Abuse Hotline (DSS Protective Services): 1-800-552-7096
Outside of Virginia: 804-786-8536
What can you do?
Be willing to hear the about the prevalence of abuse, the impact of abuse – become informed!
Participate in our training programs – all geared to educate and teach prevention strategies, recognition of potentially unsafe situations for children, or advocacy skills – be trained!
Sponsor a training program or an event!
The more resources we have, the more prevention programs and initiatives we can take out into the region. (note – $10 pays to train one person in one of our prevention programs, $15 pays for one hour of work by a program coordinator, $100 trains 10 people, and $350 trains a facilitator who leads the trainings.
Become a member of our Volunteer Council!
Our active Council participates in all of our awareness and education activities, from development to community take-out. We seek volunteers and volunteer efforts from every part of our service area.
We are a PCAV Affiliate
Champions For Children: Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads is one of five local chapters for Prevent Child Abuse Virginia (PCAV) in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
This affiliation gives Champions a statewide voice in legislative advocacy as well as expert resources for program delivery. We are proud of this affiliation and the strength of services it provides our organization.