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We are interested in hearing from you! Please forward any concerns or comments you may have on children's issues to the address below. By sharing information and working together, we can provide a safer environment for our children.

Ocean County Commission on Child Safety & Awareness
Ocean County Sheriff’s Office
120 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08756

Hours: Mon-Fri (8:30am-4:30pm)
Phone: (732) 929-2189
Fax:  732-349-1909

Important Information

Know the facts of Child Abuse

Regular meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm (except the months of July, August, November and December)

Ocean County Department of Human Services - Conference Room
1027 Hooper Ave.
Bldg. #2, 3rd Flr
Toms River, NJ

Know the Facts about Child Abuse

More than 3 million children are reported to protective service agencies each year.

  What are the types of child abuse and neglect?
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect, known also as emotional abuse
  Harm to Children can Result From:
  • Physical Injury, such as beatings, burns or bites.
  • Constant criticism, insults, the withholding of love.
  • Rape, fondling of the genitals, incest.
  • The failure to provide food, clothing , shelter or medical care.
  Who abuses children - and where?
  • Most child abuse occurs in the family home. Parents, siblings and visitors can all inflict abuse.
  Children who are physically abused may:
  • Be nervous around adults.
  • Be watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen.
  • Have difficulty playing.
  • Act aggressive to adults and other children.
  • Be unable to concentrate at school.
  • Suddenly underachieve - or overachieve - at school.
  • Find it difficult to trust other people and make friends.
  • Arrive at school too early, or leave after the other children
  Children who are sexually abused may:
  • Behave differently when the abuse starts.
  • Care less about their appearance, or their health.
  • Talk or act sexually at too early an age.
  • Be secretive and stop talking about home -life.
  • Start soiling themselves.
  • Be unable to sleep.
  • Suddenly find physical contact frightening.
  • Run away from home.
  Children who are neglected or emotionally abused may:
  • Have difficulty learning to talk.
  • Find it hard to develop close relationships.
  • Be over-friendly with strangers.
  • Be unable to play imaginatively.
  • Think badly of themselves.
  • Underachieve at school.
Remember: None of these signs prove that child abuse is present, since any of them may be noticeable at one time or another. But when they occur repeatedly or in combination with one another, the child may be suffering abuse.

  What can you do to help?
  • If you suspect a child is being abused, the child must be protected from further abuse.
  • Call your local Child Protective Service Agency. You’ll find the number in the front of your phone book.
  To Help prevent child abuse, you can:
  • Be a nurturing parent!
  • Help a friend, neighbor or relative if they are having difficulty with their children.
  • Get involved - advocate for services to help families.
  • Volunteer at a local child abuse program.
  • Help to develop parenting resources at your local library.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month - Please join the Ocean County Commission on Child Safety & Awareness and prevent child abuse in New Jersey by wearing a blue ribbon as a demonstration to prevent child abuse.

Contact the Ocean County Commission on Child Safety & Awareness

By working together, we can provide a safer environment for our children.

Phone: (732) 929.2044
Fax : (732) 949.1909

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