The best defense against child abuse is preventing it from occurring. There are many tools and resources available to help prevent child abuse.
The Following web sites provide valuable information on child abuse prevention and are excellent parenting resources.
If you suspect abuse, or need help ending child abuse the following list of community resources can assist you. A list of community organizations and their services follows.
More resources may be available in your area of the state than are listed. The numbers provided in this section are numbers that are available statewide and can assist in determining what services are available in local areas.
Children's Justice Center (CJC) The CJC provides homelike atmosphere to interview children who are victims of abuse, crisis intervention and referral to other community resources. The Attorney General's office who oversees the current CJCs throughout the state. To find your local CJC call (801)538-1941
Domestic Violence Shelters (DV) Domestic violence shelters provide services to victims of domestic violence. For DV services in your area call 1-800-897-LINK (5464)
Family Support Centers (FSC) The FSC provides free 24 hour crisis nurseries for children, ages newborn to eleven, who are at risk of being abused or neglected. Other services may vary throughout the state and fees are based upon ability to pay. To determine whether your area has a FSC contact the Division of Child and Family Services State Office, (801)538-4100.
Office of the Child Protection Ombudsman (OCPO) The OCPO investigates whether an act or omission of the Division of Child and Family Services, with respect to a particular child, is contrary to statute, rule or policy; places a child’s health or safety at risk; is made without an adequate statement of reason or is based on irrelevant, immaterial, or erroneous grounds. The findings and recommendations are placed in a written summary. 120 North 200 West Room 422, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103, (801)538-8293
Primary Children’s Medical Center- Primary Children’s Center for Safe and Healthy Families The Center of Safe and Healthy Families provides evaluations, treatment and medical examinations for children who have been physically and sexually abused. The center offers group treatment to parents and children as well as individual treatment. 100 North Medical Drive., Salt Lake City, Utah 84113, (801)588-3650
State of Utah Office of Crime Victim Reparations This office offers victims of violent crime, or the family or dependent of a deceased victim, compensation for medical and counseling costs, lost wages, funeral expenses, etc. 350 East 500 South, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111, (801) 238-2360 Hotline: 1-800-621-7444
Utah Attorney General’s Office - Child Protection Division The Child Protection Division represents the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) in all court and administrative proceedings related to the protection and custody of abused, neglected or dependent children. 160 East 300 South, 6th Floor, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114, (801)366-0250
Utah Interpreting Services Offers certified interpreters statewide. There is a cost for this service. (801)263-4870
Utah State Bar Provides consultation services for a one time fee of $30.00 for 30 minutes. Consultants assess legal problems, and provide lawyer referrals. State Bar consultants offer the Tuesday Night Bar, which provides a 15-20 minute free consultation. 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111, (801)531-9075