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September 2019Vol. 20, No. 7Child Abuse Prevention Toolkit

Families Forward Virginia released a toolkit aimed at disrupting the cycles of child maltreatment, neglect, and poverty by strengthening families and communities.

The toolkit uses a trauma-informed approach that adheres to six key principles:

  • Safety
  • Trustworthiness and transparency
  • Peer support
  • Collaboration and mutuality
  • Empowerment, voice, and choice
  • Cultural, historical, and gender issues

These principles can help parents build their children's self-esteem; understand lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens; learn about the dangers of opioid use; and prevent bullying.

This digital toolkit provides several factsheets that can be shared with families in both English and Spanish, as well as a social media kit professionals can use to share information about the toolkit online.

2019 Child Abuse Prevention Toolkit is available at