According to the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV), 60 percent of American children are exposed to violence, crime or abuse in their homes, schools and communities. Be it bullying, domestic violence, or child abuse, exposure to violence – particularly multiple exposures – can interfere with a child’s physical, emotional, and intellectual development.
Join us in observing the seventh annual Childhood Exposure to Violence Prevention and Awareness Week. Each year, during the third week of April, Chicago Safe Start has helped lead efforts to increase awareness and reduce the impact of CEV among organizations, communities and agencies across the country.
Here’s how you can help:
- Learn with us! On Thurs. April 18 we will host a webinar, Unlocking the Development of Children Exposed to Violence. Panelists will discuss how exposure to violence impacts a child’s development and ways that schools and the child welfare system can better respond to trauma. Register here.
- Tweet with us! Feel free to join us on Twitter using #CEVweek to post interesting articles and resources related to children’s exposure to violence. Also, we’re having a Twitter chat with psychologist and NatSCEV researcher Sherry Hamby at 2 p.m. EST Wed. April 17.
- Take a picture! Throughout April we’ll be running a photo sharing campaign, asking individuals and groups to take a photo with the week’s slogan, “Every Person. Every Day.” We’ll collect these photos into an album on Facebook and share on other social media outlets to show others’ support of the idea that preventing and treating childhood exposure to violence involves everyone. Print out the CEV Week logo below, take your photo with it and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Facebook (Safe Start Center) and Twitter (@safestartcenter)
- Get social! Visit the CEV Week campaign page to spread the word on social media. There you’ll find sample messages and graphics to show your support for CEV Week.
Find the toolkit below that’s right for you for specific information on children’s exposure to violence and how you can help.
- Healing the Invisible Wounds: Children’s Exposure to Violence – A Guide For Families
- Tips for Parents and Other Caregivers
- CEV in the Home Infographic
- Impact of Exposure to Violence on Stages of Development