No Hit Zone

A community where healthy child development is supported through safe and effective interpersonal interactions that do not involve hitting.

No Hit Zone – A Champions Project

No Hit Zone is Champions for Children: Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads’ major initiative to ensure healthier, more productive communities by raising healthier children. No Hit Zone’s are safe, public places for children and adults that discourage the use of physical punishment on children. While fundamentally the No Hit Zone aims to prevent hitting in the short-term, it also serves to improve long-term child and adult health.

No Hit Zone fosters a safe and caring environment and is a pathway to increased awareness of physical punishment and its close relationship to physical abuse. The No Hit Zone concept was originally created at Rainbow Babies Hospital in 2005. Since then, the program has been successfully implemented in over 30 pediatric hospitals in the United States and is used to keep children safe and the environment calm in hospital settings.

Core elements of the No Hit Zone initiative include education and staff training to ensure a safe and friendly environment. Posters and informational materials are provided for each launch site, clearly outlining the key rules of a No Hit Zone. Participating sites will receive comprehensive staff trainings on nonviolent conflict resolution and supportive communication, as well as distraction kits filled with child friendly toys to help diffuse potentially troublesome situations. By providing supportive and helpful intervention in times of stressful and potentially physical interactions, No Hit Zone sites help promote strategies to end physical punishment.

No Hit Zone program has four simple rules:

No adult shall hit another adult
No adult shall hit a child
No child shall hit an adult
And no child shall hit another child

No Hit Zone Sites Launched

Chesapeake Public Health Department (entire building – 1st dedicated NHZ building in Hampton Roads), Chesapeake VA
General Academic Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Norfolk VA
City of Chesapeake Department of Human Services, Chesapeake VA
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center – Mother Baby Department •  Emergency Department, Chesapeake VA
Harbor Point Behavioral Health Center, Portsmouth VA (residential setting)
CHIP of South Hampton Roads, Chesapeake VA
REACH (Reading Enriches All Children), Norfolk VA (small nonprofit)
First Home Care (outpatient home health care), Portsmouth VA  
NSU Preschool Academy, Norfolk VA
Community Solutions, Virginia Beach VA
Milestone, LLC

National no hit zone experts

2016: Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff as Champions Guest
Trainings to Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Eastern Virginia Medical School Grand Rounds
2017: Dr. Kelly Dauk as Champions Guest
Trainings completed: Chesapeake Department of Public Health, Chesapeake Department of Human Services, Residents of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters
Dr. Joan Durrant as Champions Guest
Trainings completed: Healthy Chesapeake organization (health professionals in Chesapeake VA), PSA on Chesapeake Television Station, Old Dominion University Sociology and Criminal Justice Faculty and Staff
2018: Victor Vieth as a Champions Guest
Training and keynote address at the community leaders event- Breakfast of Champions, training for social workers (invited) from Hampton Roads
2019: Stacie LeBlanc as Champions Guest
Training and keynote address at large community leaders event – Breakfast of Champions: training for child advocacy professionals (invited) from Hampton Roads