Press Release - April 28, 2011

Contact:  Kelly Bachman
302-633-2501 or 302-299-9791

**MEDIA ADVISORY**

State Launches Month-Long Awareness Effort to Stop Child Abuse


WHO

Governor Jack Markell and Secretary Vivian Rapposelli, along with representatives from the Delaware Department of Justice, Delaware Children’s Department, Children’s Advocacy Center of Delaware, Children & Families First, Office of the Child Advocate, Prevent Child Abuse Delaware, and Child Death, Near Death & Stillbirth Commission.

WHAT

Partner agencies of the Mandatory Reporting Awareness Subcommittee are launching a month-long awareness effort to coincide with April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The campaign will feature billboards throughout the State in English and Spanish, as well as radio ads on several Delmarva Broadcasting Company stations.

WHY

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Last year in Delaware, over 14,000 reports of child abuse, neglect, and dependency were received by the Division of Family Services. Sadly, research shows that as much as 75% of incidents of child abuse go unreported.

Child abuse is far too common in Delaware and across the U.S., but we can all play a role in eliminating these crimes through increased awareness and recognition. This month-long awareness campaign provides community and state agencies with an opportunity to educate the public on recognizing the signs of abuse, who to call to report suspected abuse or neglect and how to help put an end to abuse.

WHEN

Thursday, April 5, 2012, at 2 p.m.

WHERE

Governor Jack Markell’s Dover Office
Tatnall Building
William Penn Street, 2nd Fl.
Dover, DE 19901