Child abuse and neglect

The websites below offer resources on child abuse and neglect, including definitions, identification of signs and symptoms, statistics and data, risk and protective factors, perpetrators, the impact on individuals and society, and fatalities.

Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children and Families

American Academy of Pediatrics

Prevent Child Abuse America

Child Protective Services
The goals of CPS are to:
• Protect children and assist parents in providing proper care and attention to children
• Remedy and decrease the risk of continuing abuse and neglect;
• Provide an alternate plan of care for children when parents are unable to provide proper care them

American Humane Association
The nation’s voice for the protection of children & animals.

Domestic Violence & Elder Abuse

Intimate Partner Violence – information and resources (CDC)
Helps victims get support and plan for safety as well as offers many resources for help and protection.

The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV)
The Maryland State Domestic Violence Coalition brings together victim service providers, allied professionals, and concerned individuals for the common purpose of reducing intimate partner and family violence and its harmful effects on our citizens. The Network accomplishes this goal by providing education, training, resources, and advocacy to advance victim safety and abuser accountability.

U.S. Domestic Violence Centers & Shelters
Stepping Stone – Center for Recovery

The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Creates access by providing 24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning, resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The Mission of NCADV is to organize for collective power by advancing transformative work, thinking and leadership of communities and individuals working to end the violence in our lives.

Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA)
The Mission of MCASA is to help prevent sexual assault, advocate for accessible, compassionate care for survivors of sexual violence, and work to hold offenders accountable.

Futures Without Violence
Everyone has the right to live free of violence. Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, works to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world.

The ACE Study
Adverse Childhood Experiences Study is ongoing collaborative research between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA.

Administration on Aging
National, state, and local partners in the field will be fully prepared to ensure that older Americans will live with dignity, integrity, independence, and without abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

The Shofar Coalition

End Abuse Now

Maryland Dental Hygienists’ Association: Well-Being Committee
provides assistance to individuals who are having difficulty dealing with a physical, mental,  or emotional issue, or substance abuse issue.


Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking
The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons leads the United States’ global engagement on the fight against human trafficking, partnering with foreign governments and civil society to develop and implement effective strategies for confronting modern slavery.
The purpose of this Web site is to bring Government and Non Governmental Organizations in the East Asia and Pacific together to cooperate and learn from each other’s experiences in their efforts to combat human trafficking.

U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education.

Polaris Project

Polaris Project has been providing a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002.

US Department of Health and Human Services – Administration for Families & Children
Rescue & Restore Campaign Fact Sheets
Order form for Human Trafficking materials (multiple languages available)


Bullying Prevention – Maryland State Education Association
Bullied students that go it alone because they don’t know who to turn to are far more likely to fall behind in their studies, get sick and/or depressed, miss school, and drop out.
NEA’s 10 Steps to Stop and Prevent Bullying
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

U.S. Department of Education (Office of Civil Liberties)
The school is not adequately addressing harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or religion.

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
The Educational Opportunities Section enforces federal laws that protect students from harassment or discrimination.

PACER’S National Bullying Prevention Center
Websites for kids and teens to learn about bullying, engage in activities, and be inspired to own an important social cause.

Wide Angle Youth Media
Student produced videos about bullying.