Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness 2022

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month. In recognition, MiVAN has pulled together a selection of trainings, resources, and articles for advocates who want an overview of the problem or who want to take a deeper dive into specific issues. For more information about child abuse and neglect, you can visit for information at a federal level or this MDHHS abuse and neglect page for state-specific information.

Engaging With Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused in the AN/AI Population

November 2021

“This webinar from IAFN is an overview of facts and statistics regarding children/youth who may have experienced sexual abuse.  How the impact of the trauma can follow them through life; discussing the efforts to help heal, lessening the impacts of the trauma.  Strengthening their natural resiliency to help the child/youth move from victimization to survivor with a focus on Alaska Native/American Indian children/youth population.”

View the recording here – Registration is required to view, registration is free

Lessons from Working with Youth Who Experience Homelessness & Sexual Violence


“This recorded webinar from NSVRC introduces the Linking the Roads guide for a discussion around trauma-informed practices and community partnerships for serving youth who experience homelessness and sexual violence.”

Learn more here

*Registration required to view, registration is free

Working with Amish Families on Child Abuse and Neglect


“Understanding Amish values and customs helps us support families and communities to keep their children safe. In this piece from Psychology Today, we provide background on various aspects of Amish life as well as specific suggestions regarding child abuse and neglect.”

Read the full article here

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

“Children under the age of 18 may be exposed to abuse and neglect by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher). There are four common types of child abuse and neglect. Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Neglect. CDC’s research and programs work to understand the problem of child abuse and neglect and prevent them before they begin.”

This website covers:

  • Fast Facts
  • Child Sexual Abuse Information
  • Risk and Protective Factors
  • Essentials for Childhood
  • Prevention Strategies
  • Violence Against Children Surveys
  • Abusive Head Trauma
  • And Other Resources

Check out this webpage here

The Important Role of Community in ACEs Resilience


“NSVRC’s Evaluation Coordinator Sally Laskey talks with clinical psychologist and researcher Dr. Sabrina Liu about how community-level protective factors — conditions that may reduce the risk for sexual violence perpetration — can support youth resilience and health.”

Listen to the podcast here