GFWC SIGNATURE PROJECT:
DOMESTIC VIOLANCE AWARENESS & PREVENTION

 
Co-Chairman:
 
              
Sue O'Day
61 Koehler Hill Road, Scott Twp, PA 18447
570.947.6597
q918@comcast.net
   
Linda Young
306 Huston Street, Clarks Summit, PA 18444
570.586.5809
103young@comcast.net
 
     



2017-2018 focus will be:

Child Abuse & Neglect

Child abuse and neglect are far too common within our communities – an average five (5) children die each day due to this abuse in the United States.  There are 6.2 million reports each year of this abuse.

Behavioral signs of abuse you should NOT ignore:

 
  1.  Aggression towards, peers, pets and other animals
  2. Seems afraid of parents or other adults
  3. Fear, withdrawal, depression, anxiety
  4. Wears long sleeves out of season
  5. Violent themes in fantasy, art, etc.
  6. Nightmares, insomnia
  7. Reports injury, severe discipline
  8. Immaturity, acting out,  emotional and behavioral extremes
  9. Self-destructive behavior or attitudes
 
 

As important as the signs of abuse in a child are the signs in an adult or caregiver that they are abusive, such as:

  1.  Can’t or won’t explain child’s injury, or explains in a way that doesn’t make sense
  2. Displays aggression to a child or is overly anxious about a child’s behavior
  3. Indicates child is not trustworthy, a liar, evil, a troublemaker.
  4. Delays or prevents medical care for a child
  5. Takes child to different doctors or hospitals
  6. Keeps child from school, church, clubs
  7. Has history of violence and/or abuse

SHOULD YOU RECOGNIZE ANY OF THE ABOVE SIGNS EITHER IN THE CHILD OR HIS PARENT/CAREGIVER,

GET HELP! 
CALL 1-800-4-A-CHILD

     


ELDER ABUSE & NEGLECT

The US Administration on Aging estimates that as many as 1 in 10 older Americans are abused each year. (An older adult is defined as someone age 60 or older.)  Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year. One study estimated that 
only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.

 

What are acts of Elder Abuse?

 
 
  1. Physical Abuse
  2. Sexual Abuse
  3. Emotional or Psychological Abuse
  4. Financial Abuse
  5. Neglect
  6. Confinement
 
 

Who is at Risk?

 
  1. Women are more likely to abused then men
  2. Lower income or poverty level individuals
  3. Those suffering from dementia
  4. Those with a functional impairment
  5. Those in poor physical help
  6. Living in a larger family environment
 

What are some preventative measures?

 
 
  1. Take care of your health
  2. Seek professional help for drug, alcohol or depression concerns
  3. Plan for your own future
  4. Stay active in your community, with family and friends
  5. Not giving personal information over the phone
  6. Know your rights
 

It only takes One Action and One Person to make a difference,
spread awareness, and become One Nation united against

 
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