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Report Suspected Abuse

(24 Hour Hotline)

Prevention and Education

Child sexual abuse is a problem that breeds in secrecy, so simply speaking openly and publicly about it will enhance efforts at prevention. We can work together as adults to make every effort to prevent our children from experiencing the long-lasting effects of child abuse.

How do we prevent
child abuse?

  • Create safe spaces for children in your youth-serving organizations. Go to for more information.
  • Create an environment where your child feels safe to talk about tough topics
  • Talk with your children about consent, their bodies, and warning signs
  • Monitor and limit your child’s social media use, and check your child’s phone regularly
  • Educate yourself on the signs of abuse and exploitation
  • Talk with other adults about these topics, so that they know your child has been educated, as well as making the topics less “secret” or difficult to discuss. It is all of our responsibility to keep kids safe
  • Believe and support a child when they say they are uncomfortable in a situation or with a person
  • Report any suspected abuse to the Department of Children and Families 1- 800-792-5200
Circles with Various Colors

The Children’s Advocacy Center can help provide information, resources, and training. To schedule a training or request resources email

24 Hour Hotline:
(800) 792-5200

In Hampshire County, call:


(Amherst, Chesterfield, Cummington,
Easthampton, Goshen, Hadley,
Hatfield, Middlefield, Northampton, Pelham, Plainfield,
Westhampton, Williamsburg, Worthington)


(Huntington, Southampton)


(Belchertown, Granby, South Hadley, Ware)

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