Abuse and Children
Studies show that children are aware of abuse in the home from a very early age. Witnessing violence terrifies children and puts them at risk for long-term mental health and behavioral problems, including depression, suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, running away from home,
teenage prostitution, and poverty throughout life. Boys, especially, are more likely to be aggressive and engage in criminal behavior if
they grow up with domestic violence.
Child abuse and the abuse of a domestic partner are strongly linked. The U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse suggests that domestic violence may be the single major precursor to child abuse and neglect.
Cherishing Children...Affirming Families
Each year, more than 20,000 Hoosier children are abused and neglected - that's 56 children being harmed everyday, and one child every week losing his or her young life to child abuse. The growing number of heartbreaking child abuse and neglect stories point to an urgent need for parenting support and intervention for at-risk families.
That's why WTHR Channel 13 is partnering with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, a division of The Villages, for "Kids Can't Wait" as part of our Shattering the Silence campaign against domestic abuse. Experts say domestic abuse is child abuse. Children who grow up in an abusive home are at much greater risk of repeating the cycle of abuse.
Through the 1-800-CHILDREN "warm line" and the Indiana Kids Can't Wait website, "Kids Can't Wait" provides resources for parents who need a hand, opportunities for people and organizations that want to help children in our state and a network of collaboration among community partners....all with a common goal of cherishing the children.
WTHR Channel 13 will air news stories, Noon Focus interview segments, and public service announcements to let parents know where to go for help. The message? It's a sign of strength to ask for help and support as a parent. Among the community leaders who are lending their voice to this important message are Coach Jim Caldwell of the Indianapolis Colts, IPS Superintendent Dr. Eugene White, Sharon Pierce from The Villages, WTHR Anchor Scott Swan and WTHR Community Affairs Director Angela Cain.