FOX 34 Your Health: Child abuse prevention month

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Updated: 4/04 6:08 am
The Nurse-Family Partnership at the Larry Combest Center is just one group involved in efforts to educate the public on child abuse.

During an interview on Good Day Lubbock, Lisa Dillard, RN, MSN, NFP, explained how nurse-home visitors carefully address the subject.

"Our topic of child abuse actually starts in pregnancy in helping a young mom prepare for a child. So a lot of that is preparing a safe environment for the baby which would be preventing a neglectful situation for a young mom who doesn't know better. So safe sleep, safe crib, shaking baby syndrome, finding a provider ... Those things are covered very early on," she said.

Dillard added that in some situations, abuse and neglect can be cyclical.

"One of things that we try to normalize for our families in the community is that it's OK to have the talk about child abuse. And sometimes that means address their upbringing and what their views are on how they want to rear their children. And often times you'll have a disclosure from a person, maybe they experience abuse as a child," Dillard said.

Nurse-family visitors recognize they might not know better, she said. They then work to help these families break that cycle.

Click on the related video to watch the full interview.

Educational resources:
TTUHSC: Breaking the Cycle of Child Abuse Starts at Home
South Plains Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention
Prevent Child Abuse Texas
Family Guidance and Outreach Center of Lubbock

Event information from Combest Center Nurse-Family Partnership:

You can show your support for child abuse and neglect awareness by wearing blue on Friday (April 4). The NFP and the C.A.R.E. Center, in conjunction with the South Plains Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention, is asking at least 40,000 Lubbock residents to participate in the 4for4 challenge.

Email on or before Friday and describe who you are and how many will be in your "blue group." The results will be reported to see whether this year's goal has been met or exceeded.

Other child abuse awareness events this month include:

Saturday (April 5): Children's Advocacy Center's Stand Up for Kids
Sunday (April 6): Family Guidance Center's Memory Ride & Candlelight Vigil
April 11: Region 17′s Early Childhood Conference
April 19: CASA's Tech Theta Color Dash
April 26: Family Guidance Center's Blue Ribbon Rally

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