Gloucester County ProsecutorGloucester County Prosecutor's Office

Criminal Justice Complex
P.O.Box 623
Woodubury, NJ 08096
Phone: (856) 384-5500

3/31/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #03/31/20.1
Subject :

Child Abuse Awareness Month
Contact :Tom Gilbert    609-947-5869

 

PRESS RELEASE


April 1, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: Chief Thomas Gilbert - PIO - GCPO
Phone: 609-947-5869
Re: Child Abuse Awareness Month

In recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month in April, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and Child Advocacy Center of Gloucester County is sponsoring a social media campaign to bring awareness to effective child abuse and neglect prevention efforts. Due to the epidemic of the coronavirus and quarantine measures being ordered by the Governor of New Jersey, our public events had to be canceled to protect the safety and welfare of our communities in Gloucester County. Although our public events had to be cancelled, we at the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office still wanted to bring awareness to such an important topic especially during a time when we are focused on our family’s wellbeing.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Gloucester County a better place for children, and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities.

In order to bring awareness to the topic, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office is asking the members of our community as well as our partner agencies to participate in a few events to highlight awareness. April 3rd is National Wear Blue Day in a way to bring awareness and to highlight the importance of making positive connections; therefore, we are asking members of our community to wear blue on this day. Also, in a way to have the children in our communities participate, we are asking the children to decorate rocks with paint or markers with blue being the primary color to raise awareness. If you participate in these activities, we ask that you photograph yourself and your families and post them to the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office Facebook page with the following hashtags: #childabuseawareness,#childabuseawarenessmonth,#childabusepre vention,#childabusepreventionmonth, #shinethelight, #wearblueday and #childabusehas2stop. If you do not have access to social media than feel free to email your photos to seden@co.gloucester.nj.us.

We are aware that these are tough unprecedented times for our children and families which can put a strain on us in many ways, so the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office will also be posting parenting tips and guidance from our agency and our local partners to assist us in keeping kids safe and healthy especially during this time. “April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children and strengthening families.” said Acting Gloucester County Prosecutor Christine Hoffman. “Gloucester County’s role is critical. Focusing on ways to connect with families is the best thing our community can do to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.” We appreciate your participation in bringing awareness to such an important topic related to children and families.


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