Suicide Statistics Continue To Rise

Current research suggests that suicide ideation and attempts among adolescents have nearly doubled since 2008 (Plemmons et al., 2018). As of 2014, suicide rates in the United States were 24% higher than in 1999, an increase for both males and females ages 75 and younger (Curtin, Warner, & Hedegaard, 2016). From 1993 to 2012, school-aged suicide trends have stayed relatively …

Statistics on Yearly Child neglect/Abuse/Assault

Worldwide, approximately 40 million children below the age of 15 are subjected to child abuse each year. The statistics continue to hit high numbers: Studies from many countries in all regions of the world suggest that up to 80 to 98 % of children suffer physical punishment in their homes, with a third or more experiencing severe punishment resulting from …

Your Child and the Internet

The Internet can be wonderful for kids. They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games. But online access also comes with risks, like inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and online predators. Using apps and websites where kids interact, predators may pose as a child or teen looking to make a new friend. …

What is a Child Advocate?

A child advocate is responsible for providing assistance to children and families in crisis. Courts commonly appoint child advocates to speak on the behalf of children whose welfare may be in question, such as in cases of neglect and abuse. Volunteer child advocates must take training courses through an advocacy agency. Salaried advocates are trained social workers with at least …

Seeking Shelter

Staying in a domestic violence shelter may be part of your safety plan. If you’re in an abusive relationship and considering your options, it can be very helpful to locate the safe shelters that are near you. Depending on where you live, you may be able to find a shelter within your town or city, or you may have to …

Why We Don’t Recommend Couples Counseling for Abusive Relationships

Therapy can be very effective for some couples who are working through difficult relationship issues. However, if abuse is present in the relationship, we do not recommend that couples seek counseling together. In order for couples counseling to be successful, both partners must be willing to take responsibility for their actions and make adjustments to their behavior. Abusive people want …

Best Practices for Supporting and Educating Students Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence or Sexual Victimization

Students exposed to potentially traumatic experiences often demonstrate emotional and behavioral difficulties that dramatically interfere with their ability to engage in school. Such characteristics can both negatively impact the educational experiences of traumatized students and present significant challenges for the teachers tasked with supporting them. However, these same teachers are in a unique position to create a compassionate, encouraging environment …

Celebrate your 4th with Independence From Meat Day

July 4th is a day of red white and blue, fireworks, and grilling out with the family. An American tradition that we celebrate big, and loud. Not only are we honoring our country’s independence, but its also a day for our fellow meat eaters to take a break from a hardy burger, and try something different as fireworks rocket into …

Grooming, Parents Are Not Immune

Do you truly know who is sitting at your table during dinner? According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, 90 percent of sexual predators are family members or friends of the family. As parents educate their children on what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior between children and adults, they should reevaluate who is in their child’s life. Parents …