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If you know or suspect that a child has been abused, neglected, or exploited, contact your local law enforcement and/or child protective services agency without delay. You also may call the toll-free {ln:em:child abuse hotlines 'child abuse hotline} in your state, if one exists, or the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child.

For additional information, services, and programs for victims of child abuse, visit the following Web sites:

 

 

 

General Information, Resources, and Referrals

Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
ACF promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. Through its Children's Bureau, ACF assists states in the delivery of child welfare services. Its Web site presents related initiatives, statistics, ACF programs, funding, and information systems.

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA)
ASCA helps survivors of child abuse transform their self-identities from that of victim to that of survivor and, ultimately, thriver. The site includes resource materials and guidelines for establishing ASCA support networks.

American Humane Association (AHA)
AHA works to protect children and animals from cruelty, abuse, and neglect. In addition to holding training conferences, AHA operates the National Resource Center on the Link Between Violence to People and Animals.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
The gateway offers publications, statistics, and searchable databases for professionals and others interested in child abuse and neglect and child welfare.

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
CWLA serves abused and neglected children and their families. Services include child abuse prevention and treatment, youth programs, residential treatment, child daycare, and family preservation.

Childhelp®
Childhelp® is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of child abuse. The Web site includes information on nationwide facilities, helpful links, Childhelp programs, the National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD), and child abuse reports.

Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
CDF represents America's children, particularly low-income, minority, and disabled children. CDF goals are to educate the Nation regarding the needs of children and to encourage preventive investments in children.

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website
This online, searchable database of sex offenders is the result of a cooperative effort between the state agencies hosting public sexual offender registries and the Federal Government. The Federal site centralizes the different sex offender registries built and maintained by State and territories and provides real-time access to public sex offender data nationwide with a single Internet search.

This Web site allows parents and concerned citizens to search existing public state and territory sex offender registries beyond their own communities.

Jacob Wetterling Foundation
The foundation works to protect children from sexual exploitation and abduction. The Web site provides information in sections tailored to parents and caregivers, educators and community leaders, kids, and teens.

Kempe Children's Center
The center provides fundraising, education, parental resources, clinical services, research, and advocacy efforts to end child abuse and neglect.

LOCATER®, Lost Child Alert Technology Resource
LOCATER, a national program from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to distribute advanced computer systems and a cutting-edge web-based program to law enforcement agencies to rapidly distribute images and information about missing-child cases in poster formats.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
The Center works to locate and recover missing children and raises public awareness about ways to prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation. NCMEC offers a 24-hour, toll-free hotline,1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678, TDD: 800-826-7653), a CyberTipline to collect leads from the public, and a Web site that details all of their services, including their LOCATER® program for distributing resources to speed the dissemination of posters of missing children.

National Children's Alliance
National Children's Alliance (formerly the National Network of Children's Advocacy Centers) provides training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to communities seeking to plan, establish, and improve children's advocacy centers.

National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (NCASAA)
NCASAA provides advocacy, public education, and resources for CASA programs across the country. The association also trains CASA volunteers, who work to find safe, permanent homes for abused and neglected children.

Prevent Child Abuse America
Prevent Child Abuse America promotes prevention strategies as well as providing advocacy, programs, resources, and answers to commonly asked questions about child abuse.

Witness Justice
Witness Justice provides trauma victims and their loved ones with resources that promote physical, psychological, and spiritual healing. The site features access to experts, message boards, and other print and electronic victim resources.

Information and Support for Professionals Serving Victims of Child Abuse

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
APSAC's mission is to ensure that everyone affected by child maltreatment receives the best possible professional response. Its Web site offers related publications and information on legislation and professional education.

Child Abuse Prevention Network
The Child Abuse Prevention Network provides support to child abuse prevention professionals through online resources, various electronic mailing lists, and other information exchanges.

International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)
ISPCAN supports individuals and organizations working toward the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect, and exploitation through publications, congresses, professional training events, and worldwide activities.

National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse
The center serves as a central resource for training, expert legal assistance, court reform, and information on criminal child abuse investigations and prosecutions. The center is a program of the National Association of District Attorneys, a nonprofit research and program development resource for prosecutors at all levels of government.

OVC Links to Victim Assistance & Compensation Programs

With Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding from OVC, state agencies within the United States and U.S. territories have established compensation programs to reimburse crime victims and assistance programs to offer victim services.

The numerous agencies responsible for running these VOCA-funded victim service organizations vary from state to state, but their corresponding state administrator contact information and Web links have been assembled in two formats for your easy reference:

  • Alphabetical list of State VOCA programs in a printer-friendly format.
  • Geographic list of VOCA-funded victim service organizations. To access these individual state reports, click on a state or territory shown in the map below or use the pulldown menu. Each report contains summary data of all state programs followed by individual programs listed by city.

 

 

 

 

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