Since the early 1980’s, Virginia has recognized April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month provides an opportunity for communities to highlight local prevention work and how individuals and communities can help prevent abuse and neglect. In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. The pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions.
“Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children - Together” is this year’s prevention theme for Child Abuse Prevention Month in Virginia. The theme highlights the role everyone shares in disrupting the cycles of child abuse, neglect and poverty by strengthening Virginia’s families and communities”
In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Northumberland Department of Social Services placed many pinwheels in front of their building.