Energizing No Hit Zones: Uplighting Prevention Conference


No Hit Zone has quickly emerged as a low cost and effective child abuse prevention strategy.

No Hit Zone is a comprehensive initiative that includes multiple strategies to effectively influence attitudes, norms, and behaviors. No Hit Zone signage and materials communicate no hitting expectations. As a No Hit Zone site, all leadership and staff members are trained in conflict de-escalation and positive intervention techniques. This allows them to practice and model the new norm of “not hitting”, thus creating safe spaces for all children and adults. No Hit Zones change former “bystander’ cultures to places where staff armed with knowledge can intervene to prevent harm and educate all who interact with and care for children. Schools, hospitals, religious institutions, businesses, communities, and many more can join the movement to address the most prevalent risk factor of physical child abuse.

The conference will be held in-person at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin Texas.

All sessions will be held in Patton Hall. Conference will run from 8:30am to 5:30pm Wednesday and Thursday. Faculty includes outstanding national leaders in the field of child abuse prevention.

Local hotels close to the UT Austin campus:
AT&T Hotel and Conference Center
Hampton Inn and Suites Austin at the University/Capitol
AC Hotel by Marriot Austin
Kasa Austin Campus Spaces at UT Austin
Moxy Austin – University
Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown – University

Keynote Speakers

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No Hit Zone Committee

Stacie LeBlanc, MEd, JD
Co-founder, Up Institute
President, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

Randell Alexander, PhD, MD
Professor & Chief, Division of Child Protection and Forensic Pediatrics
Program Director, Pediatric Child Abuse, University of Florida – Jacksonville

Lucien Lombardo, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Old Dominion University
Child-Maltreatment Prevention Educator
Children’s Rights Researcher

Ellen Chiocca, PhD, CPNP, APRN
Assistant Professor, University of Missouri
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Evanston, Illinois
No Hit Zone advocate

Sharon W. Cooper, M.D., FAAP
CEO, Developmental & Forensic Pediatrics, P.A.

Hannah Gilbert, MSHCM
Program Manager, Tulane University

Melynda Ciccotti, MA, CAS
Executive Director, Champions For Children: Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads
Project Initiator for No Hit Zone in the Hampton Roads community

Kelly Dauk, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Norton Children’s Medical Group Affiliated with University of Louisville School of Medicine

Deborah Sendek, MS
Past Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Ohio
Founding Member, The U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children
Executive Board Member, National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence

Viola Vaughan-Eden, Ph.D., MSW, M.J.
Associate Professor and Ph.D. Program Director, Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work,
Norfolk State University
Co-Founder, The UP Institute

Madison Mastrangelo
No Hit Zone Researcher and Advocate