Protecting Our Littles: Child Abuse Prevention Month


Whether we have children of our own or not, it’s our collective responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of our most vulnerable population. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness, educate others, and take action to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Every child deserves to grow up safe, supported, and surrounded by love. This month, we are reminded of the role we can all play in making that a reality. 

Let’s come together to promote the safety and well-being of all children and families, to recognize the child welfare professionals and allies who work tirelessly to protect our children, and to honor the strength and resilience of survivors of child abuse. Below are ways you can contribute to protecting our little ones and creating safer, healthier environments for all children.

Child Abuse Prevention

1. Foster open communication

Create a safe and open environment where children feel comfortable expressing themselves. Encourage them to share their thoughts, feelings, and concerns without fear of judgment or repercussion and create expectations that secrets are not kept in your home. By fostering trust and communication, we empower our children to speak up if they ever feel unsafe or uncomfortable.

2. Teach Body Safety

Educate your children about body safety and boundaries from a young age – it’s never too early. Teach them the proper names of their body parts, explain the concept of personal space, and emphasize that no one has the right to touch them inappropriately. Openly discuss what to do if someone crosses their boundaries and ensure they have at least one safe adult they can turn to.

3. Understand the Signs

Educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect. These can vary depending on the type of abuse but may include unexplained injuries, sudden changes in behavior, withdrawal from activities, and fear of certain individuals. By being vigilant and observant, we can better identify and address potential cases of abuse.

4. Report Suspected Abuse

If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, please report it. Contact law enforcement and the Iowa Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-362-2178. You can always choose to remain anonymous when reporting abuse. Remember, reporting your concerns could save a child’s life and protect them from further harm.

5. Spread Awareness

Use your voice and platform to raise awareness about child abuse prevention and advocate for change. Openly discuss and share resources, information, and stories to educate others about the prevalence of child abuse and the importance of prevention efforts. Together, we can create a culture where child safety is prioritized and protected.

Child Abuse Prevention Month serves as a reminder that safeguarding our children is everyone’s responsibility. Let’s work together to create a world where every child is cherished, nurtured, and protected from harm. Together, we can make a difference and ensure a brighter future for generations to come.

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Eva Morales
Eva lives in WDSM with her husband, Zack, and daughter, Kate (2019). She is a prosecutor with the Polk County Attorney's Office where she handles primarily child welfare cases. Outside of work, Eva enjoys recreating Pinterest recipes that are beyond her level of expertise, trying to find the perfect skincare routine, and buying way more on Amazon than she needs to. Eva shares openly about her experiences involving Zack's deployment, her high-risk pregnancy, Kate's NICU stay, and just about anything else you might care to ask about. She's a big fan of podcasts, personality tests, the Shark VacMop, and ordering her coffee "kid temp" at Starbucks. Connect with her on Instagram @evaateresaa


  1. If you’re interested in ways to financially support child abuse prevention month in the Des Moines metro you should check out balloons for Brighter Futures. It’s a fundraiser put on my the Short Years Partnership running throughout the month of April where they’ll be raffling off a hot air balloon ride for two! All ticket sales go toward their child abuse prevention programs. More details can be found at:


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