Physical Abuse: Utah Resources

Children's Justice Centers

Utah’s Children's Justice Centers (CJCs) promote a multidisciplinary response to child abuse. The centers serve children 17 years of age or younger who have allegedly been victims of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse, or other crimes involving children, such as domestic violence, drug endangerment, and Internet exploitation.


Find your local CJC

Learn the Process: How does the Children's Justice Center Model Work?

Helpful for clients, consumers, and the general public, this resource from One With Courage Utah outlines functions of both the CJC and CPS and the joint investigation and coordinated case review processes.

Family Support Center

What We Do:

  • FREE 24/7 care for children through our Crisis Nursery for parents who are overwhelmed
  • FREE in-home parenting support through our Family Mentoring Program
  • Housing and self-sufficiency program for homeless parents and their children through the LifeStart Village
  • FREE and low-cost community classes on parenting, family blending, and anger management
  • Low-cost individual and family counseling
  • And much more! Call about our services if you are feeling overwhelmed or need help with family matters. We're here to help!

Services available in both English and Spanish: 801-955-9110.

Prevent Child Abuse Utah

855-323-3237: Utah Child Abuse Reporting Hotline

Founded in 1982, the mission of Prevent Child Abuse Utah (PCAU) is to forge and guide a community commitment to prevent child abuse in all forms through programs, services, public awareness, education, public policy development and system partner collaboration. The website includes information about PCAU's programs, events, and an extensive resource library, which includes frequently asked questions, local community resources and services with an interactive map of Utah, and research and data


Utah Coalition For Protecting Childhood

The Utah Coalition For Protecting Childhood (UCPC) fosters a statewide and community effort that aims to engage individuals, families, and communities in building secure and healthy childhoods for Utah's children. The coalition's goal is to support and facilitate the exchange of ideas and programs that work across various support groups as well as share innovative ways to provide experiences in early care, education, and family support settings. In the end, helping parents and the community to provide a stronger brighter foundation and future for Utah's children.

Physical Abuse: National Resources

Academy on Violence and Abuse

The mission of the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA) is to advance health education and research on the recognition, treatment, and prevention of the health effects of violence and abuse across the lifespan.

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), now in partnership with The New York Foundling, was founded in 1987 and is a nonprofit, national organization focused on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families. Especially important to APSAC is the dissemination of state-of-the-art practice in all professionals disciplines related to child abuse and neglect. On October 1, 2016, APSAC partnered with The New York Founding, whose mission offers an expansive array of services for under-served children, families, and adults with developmental disabilities. The Foundling provides the resources necessary to rebuild lives and rebuild families.  

Child Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is the second most common form of child maltreatment. Legal definitions vary from state to state, but, broadly, child physical abuse is any physical act by a caregiver that results in a child being hurt or injured. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network's (NCTSN) page on child physical abuse lists resources on this topic.

Risk and Protective Factors

This section of the CDC website's section on violence prevention details risk protective factors. A combination of individual, relational, community, and societal factors contribute to the risk of child abuse and neglect. Although children are not responsible for the harm inflicted upon them, certain characteristics have been found to increase their risk of being maltreated. Risk factors are those characteristics associated with child abuse and neglect—they may or may not be direct causes.