Love Shouldn't Hurt


Goals/ Objectives

_To provide a forum through which staff from relevant federal agencies can communicate and exchange ideas concerning child maltreatment related programs and activities

_To collect information about federal child maltreatment activities

_To provide a basis for collective action through which funding and resources can be maximized

Treatment Options


-Art Therapy/Expressive Arts Therapy

-Providing a safe environment to prevent further harm

-Separating the child, as well as any other children in the household, from the person suspected of abuse

-Counseling that focuses on how the child feels about themselves, their past experiences, their fears, and concerns they may have about the present and future

Methods for Preventing Abuse/Options Available

-ZERO TO THREE: Promote health and development of infants and toddlers

-They bring the Department of Defense's Military Community and Family Policy's Family Advocacy Program to educate the community about supporting military families during a deployment.

Federal Inter-Agency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect

Any Costs Incurred by the Individual

No costs required, but donations are accepted and appreciated.

Types of Abuse that are Dealt with by the Agency

Child Abuse, and Neglect.


-Yearly, referrals to state child protective services involves 6.6 million children, and around 3.2 million of those children are subject to an investigated report.

-In 2014, state agencies found an estimated 702,000 victims of child maltreatment

-A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds

-The U.S. Has one of the worst records amount industrialized nations -- losing on average between 4 and 7 children every day

Extra Info

-The work group was established in 1996

-It represent over forty federal agencies

-There are three Subcommittees and related workgroups:

Domestic Violence Subcommittee
Prevention Subcommittee
Research Subcommittee: NIH Child Abuse and Neglect Working Group

-The agency meets in person on a quarterly basis, and subcommittees meet on a regular basis

- The following Departments and their subsequent Program Offices are members of the Interagency Workgroup:

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of State