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California Essentials for Childhood Initiative (CA)

The California Essentials for Childhood Initiative uses a public health and collective impact approach to align and enhance collaborative efforts to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children, youth and families through systems, policy and social norms change.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence often occurs alongside child abuse and neglect, therefore its prevention is also critical for child abuse prevention. Studies show:

  • 30 to 60 percent of children from homes where domestic abuse is present are also victims of abuse themselves
  • Parents who are stressed and burdened by being victimized are also at increased risk of neglectful or abusive parenting
  • Witnessing domestic violence can cause serious harm to psychological, cognitive, social, behavioral and emotional development, including but not limited to fearfulness, sleeplessness, anxiety, withdrawal, depression, and aggression
  • Domestic violence constitutes the single, greatest precursor for child maltreatment fatalities


Collaboration among child abuse and domestic violence prevention organizations can address and prevent both child abuse and domestic violence! If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are ways to get the help and support you need.

Use this link to find domestic violence organizations in your community or your local hotline: or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.    


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