Madison County Kicks Off Campaign To Prevent Child Abuse

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Edwardsville, IL. (KPLR)Preventing child abuse was the focus today at an event in Edwardsville at the Madison County Administration Building.  More than a half dozen Madison county agencies committed to preventing child abuse came together to kick off child abuse prevention month which is in April.

There were t-shirts with moving messages painted by victims of child and domestic abuse.  And there were also 481 figures hanging in the building.

The figures represent the amount of child abuse victims and witnesses interviewed last year in Madison County.

'Child abuse is a problem in this community- that if everyone is aware of it we have services to intervene before it happens and we have help for those children who have been victims or who  have witnessed domestic violence,' said judge Barb Crowder, one of the event organizers.

The event was put on by the Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council in Madison County.  Crowder is the judge in that circuit.