Preventing Child / Domestic Abuse Together

Authored by: Cynthia N. Grob, Esq.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, but as many families continue to be isolated inside their homes concerns, regarding child abuse are increasing.  As tensions in homes run high with layoffs, money issues, and a seemingly endless confinement, there are also increased reports of domestic violence impacting families as well.  Even if physical abuse is not happening directly to a child, the emotional impact of being around domestic violence can stay with a child for the rest of his or her life.

It is important as a community to remain vigilant and aware of what is going on with the people even if you have limited contact.  With children not physically returning to school, access to the safety net of mandatory child abuse reporters who see children in school every day no longer exists.

If you suspect child abuse, in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, the information below is where you may report the same:

New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP)

  • 1-877-NJ ABUSE (652-2873) Child Abuse
  • 1-800-572 SAFE (7233) Domestic Violence hotline:

  • Child Line, Keep Kids Safe: 1-800- 932-0313

There are also resources such as the New Jersey Family Help Line at 1-800-843-5437 if you, or a family member or friend, are feeling stressed and need to discuss the situation with trained volunteers before a crisis occurs.

Both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Courts remain available to process emergency claims related to child abuse and neglect, child custody and domestic violence.  Family law attorneys at Cooper Levenson are available to answer questions and guide clients through these processes in these uncertain times.  We remain here to help.


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