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Family Focus: Child Abuse Awareness Month

Child abuse prevention is something North Dakota takes very seriously and there is help out there if you're a struggling parent.

"Even parents that aren't struggling, there's help out there. Parents need support," said Holly Arnold, parent resource center coordinator with the NDSU Extension Service.

There are thousands of child abuse reports in the state. They may not be extreme cases, but as an outsider you need to be aware.

"How you can support your neighbor, that young family, maybe they just need a break for awhile. That military family where there's a parent deployed, be a good friend and be that extra support system for them."

"Be a good neighbor and a good community member, being supportive and helpful to young families and encouraging those families. When you see that mom struggling to get her kids at the grocery store, give her a hand," Tim Hathaway, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota.

"Education is key. Prevention is key. We want to prevent it."

NDSU Extension in Minot offers a few classes this month to help with frustrated parents. "You're getting to that point. I am stressed, I'm to the point where I might do something I'm going to regret with my kids, it could be words, physical, but just step back."

As a community we need to work together to make progress on this issue.

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