Along with Autism Awareness and Sexual Assault Awareness, April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month. As we close out April, the Greenwich Police Department wanted to share a couple of links from some agencies that have good information on protecting children from abuse.
Child abuse can take many forms. Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse all can lead to what is referred to as an adverse childhood experience (ACEs). ACEs can have a tremendous impact on a child’s future propensity to violence, victimization, and perpetration. The stress caused by ACEs may manifest in a child’s behavior as disruptiveness in school, substance abuse, and other risky behaviors. The behaviors presented in the child then can have a lifelong effect on their health and future opportunities.
The Special Victims Section for the department is responsible for investigating the crimes committed against children. The detectives all have received training in sexual and physical abuse, internet crimes against children, as well as recognizing incidents where ACEs are present. They work as a team with other community partners, such as Kids In Crisis, Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, The Rowan Center-A Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the CT Department of Children and Families.
When it comes to protecting children, it is like the proverb "it takes a village to raise a child". The Greenwich Police Department will always endeavor to work with our community partners to achieve its vision of creating a safe community for all. Please follow the links for more information.