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.
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.
What We Do:
Services available in both English and Spanish: 801-955-9110.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.