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Read more on child abuse in Western North Carolina and what experts and advocates say can be done to understand and prevent the problem.

Research and Resources

For more information on child abuse prevention or research programs, signs of abuse and other resources please see the list of links below:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Lifetime cost of one year of confirmed child abuse cases

North Carolina Institute For Medicine Child Abuse Report Card [PDF]

University of North Carolina School of Government: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect in North Carolina

University of North Carolina’s School of Social Work: the Jordan Institute for Families

Click to open this booklet, from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, about the possible signs of abuse and neglect and suggestions on how to respond. [PDF]

Recognizing and Responding, a booklet from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina on the possible signs of abuse and neglect. Includes suggestions on how to respond. [PDF]

Child Abuse Prevention Services, Asheville

Children’s Advocacy Center of the Blue Ridge

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (programs, statistics and more):

Buncombe County:
The Incredible Years – Families’ Information, Resources, Support & Technology
Nurse-Family Partnership – Buncombe County Health Department

Cherokee County:
Strengthening Families 6-11 and The Incredible Years – Family Resources of Cherokee County

Jackson County:
Strengthening Families 6-11 – Jackson County Family Resource Center

McDowell County:
Circle of Parents – McDowell County Schools
Nurse-Family Partnership – Rutherford, Polk, McDowell Health District

Swain County:
Circle of Parents and Strengthening Families 6-11 – Swain County Family Resource Center

Transylvania County:
Circle of Parents and The Incredible Years – The Family Place of Transylvania County

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