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Previous natural disasters in New Jersey have taught us that during times of prolonged stress and uncertainty, instances of child abuse and domestic violence increase. But social distancing requires families to remain at home, so the ability of others to identify and report abuse will drop.

Social isolation can create unsafe environments for people in unstable households. As a result, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families has launched the “Social Distancing Shouldn’t Mean Social Isolation” campaign. The campaign includes the three sharable posters described and posted below:

Tips for Families to De-escalate Tense Situations

This poster provides tips for all families—not only those at risk for violence. It includes suggestions for healthy ways to handle anger before, or when, it arises.

Social Distancing Shouldn’t Mean Social Isolation

This poster provides five numbers to call—and one to text—when you suspect abuse or are living with it.

  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-572-7233
  • Child Abuse Hotline: 1-877-652-2873
  • Children’s System of Care: 1-877-652-7624
  • NJ Mental Health Cares: 1-866-202-4357
  • 2nd Floor Support for Youth: 1-888-222-2228
  • Crisis Text Line: Text NJ to 741741

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

These posters drive home the message that in New Jersey, everyone is mandated to report suspected neglect or abuse. The number to call is 1-877-2873.

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