Childhood exposure to violence, crime, and abuse can lead to serious consequences for the health and well-being of children that can last long into adulthood.
Understanding the nature and extent of a child’s exposure to violence is essential in combating its effects. Research shows that early identification, intervention, and continued follow up are valuable strategies for preventing and decreasing the potential negative effects of a child’s exposure to violence.
OVC’s resource, Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials, is a tool to help support children and youth if they are victims or witnesses. In each of the illustrated narratives, child and youth characters explain how the justice system works in a child-friendly and developmentally appropriate way.
The following resources provide information on child and youth victimization.
If you have not yet contacted law enforcement officials to report your missing child, please do so immediately. Ask them about the issuing an AMBER Alert.
Through AMBER Alert, law enforcement agencies and broadcasters activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child abduction cases. Request that law enforcement put out a Be On the Look Out (BOLO) bulletin. Ask them about involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the search for your child.
Additional helpful information for families about what to do when a child is missing is available in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention report, When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide and the Missing and Exploited Children page. Also contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 800-843-5678 and view their Missing-Child, Emergency-Response, Quick-Reference Guide for Families.
Also visit the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) website. NamUs is a clearinghouse for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. This free online system can be searched by law enforcement officials, other allied professionals, and the general public to solve these cases.
To receive AMBER Alerts in your area via Facebook, visit the AMBER Alert Facebook page. From this page click on "AMBER pages" and then click on the page(s) for states and/or territories from which you wish to get alerts. You may "Like" as many state/territory pages as you wish. When a child goes missing in your area, you will begin receiving updates.
The AMBER Alert page on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) website, lists other ways to receive AMBER Alerts including Twitter (Follow @AMBERAlert to receive rapid AMBER Alert notifications on your Twitter feed and share the alert with your followers). The NCMEC website also features ways to connect your Google and Yahoo! pages with the AMBER Alerts.
You may also follow Amber Alerts on Instagram to receive AMBER Alert notifications in your feed.
To learn more about the AMBER Alert program, please see the Office of Justice Programs' AMBER Alert website.
Missing and exploited children statistics are available in resources from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Statistics section of the Office of Justice Program's Missing Children Special Feature.
For additional information, visit the Child and Youth Victimization section of our website and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website.