April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

March 19, 2017







Centers all over Washington State will be hosting a variety of events to promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Support the amazing work we do to bring hope and healing to young victims of abuse by attending an event in your area.


Legacy of Healing

Everyday Self-care Living with Trauma
An event to teach about ways to incorporate self-care and wellness in everyday life trauma. Methods and techniques for wellness will be demonstrated by a staff from different disciplines.

Location: Don Hatch Youth Center, Greg Williams Court.
Date: April 25th
Time: 11 am- 2pm


Support, Advocacy and Resource Center


Strides of Strength
A walk to empower victims and survivors of crime. This will also give our community a chance to demonstrate their commitment to preventing crime. With each step, we provide strength and support to crime victims.

Location: 640 N Columbia Center Blvd, Kennewick
Date: April 29th
Time: 11 am


Little People Project
Wooden figurines of children will be placed in the Columbia Center Mall to raise awareness about child physical and sexual abuse. Each figurine represents one of the 295 children who were interviewed by our Kid’s Haven Program in the last year.

Location: Columbia Center Mall
Date: April 7th – 14th


Clothesline Project
Crime survivors are decorating T-shirts with an artistic display of how victimization impacted their lives. The T-shirts will be hung on a clothesline during the week at local libraries for the community to see the impact of crime on survivors.

Location: Kennewick Libraries
Date: April 3-7th


Dawson Place

Pinwheels will be placed throughout downtown Everett to promote and create conversation about Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.


Arthur D. Curtis Justice Center

County-wide proclamation
A community-wide proclamation will be taking place on Tuesday, April 4th at the County Board meeting. The Arthur D. Curtis Justice Center will also be placing pinwheels throughout town.



Developing CAC’s of Washington

CACWA continues to grow! Communities around Washington will have an opportunity to help young victims of abuse with life-changing care when our new centers open. Below is a snapshot of what is happening with our developing centers as they move towards accreditation.



In Yakima we currently have 5 child forensic interviewers within the Prosecutor’s Victim-Witness Unit. Additionally, the county commissioners are moving forward with plans for renovation to the courthouse which includes space for a CAC! At the same time, we are formalizing key relationships between law enforcement, CPS, community-based advocates, and the medical community to round out our current Multidisciplinary Team (MDT).
“It is obviously a very worthwhile endeavor that is supported by all of the people I’ve spoken with in the community. Now we just need to put the pieces together.”
– Aaron Bachanon,
Sr. Investigator, Victim Assistance Unit


Walla Walla

In Walla Walla we are in the hiring process and are vetting candidates for a center coordinator. We hope to have this person join our center’s administrative support staff soon with a goal of launching Multidisciplinary Team meetings in April 2017.


Grant and Adams Counties

The Grant and Adams counties are in the grassroots stages of development and are working hard to create the relationships necessary to develop a Multidisciplinary Team. The vision is to move the current center, New Hope, to a new location that will provide increased comfort and privacy to those seeking help. Additionally our team looks forward to participating in the area’s Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month activities to make headway in bringing together an MDT in this area.


Strengthen Your April Awareness Month Campaign

CANTASD (the National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center) is providing a series 6 of “Digital Dialogues”, beginning March 13th, that will to help you make the greatest impact possible in your community during this year’s Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.

Learn More and Register.