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The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) The question of what determines adult health and well-being is important to all countries. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study(1) is a major American research project that poses the question of whether, and how, childhood experiences affect adult health decades later. This question is being answered with the ongoing collaboration of Robert Anda, MD at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the cooperation of 17,421 adults at Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Preventive Medicine in San Diego, California.

The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law The American Bar Association, the largest voluntary professional association in the world. The ABA provides information about child abuse, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for children.

American Human Association The American Humane is a network of individuals and organizations committed to preventing cruelty, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively, and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society.

American Professional Society on Abuse of Children (APSAC) APSAC's mission is to ensure that everyone affected by child maltreatment receives the best possible professional response. It also offers information on legislation and professional education.

Boys and Girls Town National HotlineThe Girls and Boys Town National Hotline is a 24-hour crisis, resource and referral line. Accredited by the American Association of Suicidology, the Hotline is staffed by trained counselors who can respond to your questions every day of the week, 365 days a year. Also provides a chatroom.

C. Henry Kempe National Center for the Prevention & Treatment of Child Abuse & Neglect The Kempe Center creates programs that treat abused children, trains future professionals, and researches new methods to heal these innocent victims. Kempe hosts innovative programs directed by some of the nation’s leading child abuse experts.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Violence Prevention The Division's mission is to prevent injuries and deaths caused by violence.

Child Abuse Prevention Network The Internet Nerve Center for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect. Child maltreatment, physical abuse, psychological maltreatment, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse and neglect are its key areas of concern. It provides a unique and powerful tools for all workers to support the identification, investigation, treatment, adjudication, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Children Now Children Now is a research and action organization dedicated to assuring that children grow up in economically secure families, where parents can go to work confident that their children are supported by quality health coverage, a positive media environment, a good early education, and safe, enriching activities to do after school.

Child Welfare Information Gateway Offers 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.

Justice for Children Justice for Children is a national nonprofit organization of citizens concerned about children's rights and their protection from abuse. Its mission is to raise the consciousness of our society about the failure of our governmental agencies to protect victims of child abuse, to provide legal advocacy for abused children and to develop and implement, on a collaborative basis where possible, a full range of solutions that enhance the quality of life for these children.

Male Survivor Provides critical resources to male survivors of sexual trauma and all their partners in recovery by building communities of Hope, Healing, & Support.

National Association for Council For Children The NACC is dedicated to providing high quality legal representation for children. Its mission is to improve the lives of children and families through legal advocacy.

National Center of Child Fatality Review NCFR develops and promotes a nationwide system of Child Fatality Review Teams to improve the health, safety and well being of children and reduce preventable child fatalities.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children NCMEC was established to provide services nationwide for families and professionals in the prevention of abducted, endangered, and sexually exploited children.

National Center for Youth LawThe NCYL uses the law to protect children from the harms caused by poverty, and to improve the lives of children living in poverty. They work to Protect abused and neglected children through work with advocates, foster parents, and others striving to reform state child welfare systems.

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome This site has been designed to be helpful to professionals and parents looking for information, ideas and answers to questions about shaken baby syndrome, a tragic form of child abuse.

National Children’s Advocacy Center Located in Huntsville, Alabama, the National Children’s Advocacy Center is focused on prevention and treatment options for physically and sexually abused children and their families. It uses a child-centered, family focused approach. It also provides multiple types of trainings designed using the latest evidence based research.

National Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children This is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities.. Learn about ways you can help, or find the CASA program nearest you.

National Data Archives on Child Abuse & Neglect Promotes scholarly exchange among researchers in the child maltreatment field.

National Runaway Safeline Provides a 24/7 hotline to facilitate relationships that ensure that youth and families have access to resources in their communities.

Polly Klaas Foundation Dedicated to the safety of all children, the recovery of missing children, and public policies that keep children safe in their communities.

Prevent Child Abuse America Works at the national, state and community levels to prevent child abuse in all its forms. Their many state and local prevention programs help spread the word in your community, creating awareness that prevention is possible.

Shaken Baby Alliance The Shaken Baby Alliance provides support for SBS victim families (Including adoptive and foster parents), advocate for justice for SBS victims, and increase SBS awareness.

United States Department of Health & Human Services

Children’s Bureau It is responsible for assisting The Children’s Bureau (CB) focuses on improving the lives of children and families through programs that reduce child abuse and neglect, increase the number of adoptions, and strengthen foster care. The Office of Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) is a part of the Children's Bureau in the Department of Health and Human Services. It funds the National Clearinghouse, the National Data Archive, and important resources for improving state responses on child abuse and neglect, and for demonstrating leading edge program models and research efforts on child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment.

International

Child Helpline International Providing child helplines in all stages of development with services; working with the telecommunications sector to ensure free-of-costs access to child helplines for children everywhere; Working to strengthen national child protection systems by using child helpline data to advocate before key decision makers.

International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) is the only multidisciplinary international organization that brings together a worldwide cross-section of committed professionals to work toward the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and exploitation globally.

UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. It had the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.  That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.

World Health Organization its objectives are to raise awareness of the immediate and long-term health consequences of child maltreatment, highlight preventability, prioritize child maltreatment prevention in international and national health and development agendas, reduce child maltreatment by supporting countries to increase capacity and establish child maltreatment prevention policies and programs, and expand the global evidence base to cover more low- and middle-income countries

World Summit Foundation a humanitarian, secular, non-governmental and international, non-profit organization with United Nations consultative status (ECOSOC, UNFPA and DPI), works for a new development paradigm with and for women and children.

Counseling/Mental Health

Center for Mental Health Services The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is charged with leading the national system that delivers mental health services. The goal of this system is to provide the treatment and support services needed by adults with mental disorders and children with serious emotional problems. Links users to the Federal efforts to treat mental illnesses and promote mental health

Good Therapy. Org - Ranked as one of the top therapist directories on the Internet, GoodTherapy.org is an association of mental health professionals from more than 30 countries worldwide who support efforts to reduce harm in therapy. This URL is for abuse survivors.

Mental Help Net MHN is a website on the topic of mental health. It is a free service to the worldwide mental health community of professionals and laypeople. Brochures, information maintained by a group of psychiatrists.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis

Parents Anonymous 1-800-352-0386 - Program is an evidence-based family strengthening program (http://parentsanonymous.org/research/) utilizing mutual support (the giving and getting of help), parent leadership (seeking solutions and becoming empowered), and shared leadership® (working together) to achieve personal growth, improve family functioning and achieve parental resilience.

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (R.A.I.N.N.) 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. 1-800-656- HOPE (4673) Calls to this number are routed to a rape crisis center in the caller's area code.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) SNAP is the nation's largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns, rabbis and others).

Domestic Violence

National American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence The ABA, provides information about the Domestic Violence and the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for victims of domestic violence.

American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence Protect yourself Ideas that one can do to make yourself and your family safer.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division on Violence Prevention Intimate Partner Violence The Division's mission is to prevent injuries and deaths caused by violence.

Futures Without Violence Provides groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world.

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) is the only national coalition dedicated to reducing violence and its impacts on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) communities in the United States.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) a social change organization, is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence NCADV serves as a national information and referral center for the general public, media, battered women and their children, allied and member agencies and organizations.

Minnesota Program Development Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project Minnesota Program Development, Inc. is a nonprofit agency that works towards the elimination of violence in the lives of women and their children. It does this by providing training and education around domestic violence as well as resources.

Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse Electronic Clearinghouse Provides a wealth of information regarding domestic violence through supporting research, education, and access to violence related resources.

National Domestic Violence Hotline Crisis intervention, information about domestic violence and referrals to local service providers to victims of domestic violence and those calling on their behalf. 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza) is part of a national effort to address the domestic violence needs and concerns of the Latino communities. It provides community education and development, research, training and technical assistance and works within public policy.

National Network to End Domestic Violence works to make domestic violence a national priority; change the way communities respond to domestic violence; and strengthen efforts against intimate partner violence at every level of government.

Office On Violence Against Women The mission of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, is to provide federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Women’s Law.Org A project of National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) providing legal information and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

International

International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies Abuse information and support for every woman and every girl on Earth.

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

World Health Organization

Counseling Mental Health

Good Therapy.com Ranked as one of the top therapist directories on the Internet, GoodTherapy.org is an association of mental health professionals from more than 30 countries worldwide who support efforts to reduce harm in therapy. This URL is for Domestic Violence survivors.

Parenting

Brazelton TOUCHPOINTS Center Collaborates with partners nationwide to establish scalable and sustainable, low-cost, low-tech interventions that propel children’s healthy development and build the internal capacity of – and strengthen the collaborative relationships among – families, parents, caregivers, providers, and communities.

Center for the Improvement of Child Caring The Center creates, evaluates, delivers and disseminates a variety of parenting skill-building programs that are taught in communities in the form of parenting classes, seminars and workshops.

Echo Parenting and Education committed to supporting all those who are involved in the care and education of children. It teaches within a framework of nonviolence and provide strategies that are based on empathy, connecting language and the understanding of a child’s emotional, physical and brain development.

Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through local programs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5.

Harnessing Happiness Foundation a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to emotional knowledge and intelligence, conflict resolution and life handling skills, for all ages.

LifeMatters LifeMatters is a compilation of articles, products and online classes. Provides on-line parenting classes where they teach a respectful and effective parenting approach and experience more joy and more fun being with your children.

Natural Child Project The site covers information and advice on all aspects of "attachment parenting" (raising children with respect and trust), unschooling (trusting the child to set the "curriculum"), and child advocacy (including documents from children's advocacy organizations around the world).

Parenthood.Com Extensive database of regional parenting magazines, digital editions, and local web sites from across the country - including links to local event calendars, newsletters, digital editions, camp guides, education resources, parenting articles and more!

Parents.Com Developmental checklist, email an expert, pediatrician finder and other useful information.

Parenting Now A non-profit organization that provides parenting education and support to families with young children.

Quality Parenting Helps learn to recognize and nurture the best within your child or teen, which, in turn, will inevitably discover the best within yourself.

The Center for Parenting Education educates and supports parents to do the best job they can to raise their children to become confident, caring, responsible and productive. Offers a variety of programs and activities that help parents do this important job.

U.S. Department of Education Educational resources for parent.