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No Hit Zone

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is committed to our most vulnerable youth – those who suffer abuse, often caused by a person they know. At the heart of the John Van Brakle Child Advocacy Center, a program of Lehigh Valley Children's Hospital, is the mission to provide evaluation and treatment for victims of child abuse and to rally the community for safe and healthy children.

Starting in 2017, radio public service announcements and billboards focused on the theme No Hit Zone. As part of that campaign, our Lehigh Valley hospitals and facilities are no hit zones, meaning violence against children or others will not be tolerated, and those involved in it will be escorted from the property.

Child abuse pediatrician Debra Esernio-Jennsen, MD, medical director of the Child Advocacy Center, says violence against children is more common than many realize. “In the U.S., child abuse incidents are reported every 10 seconds. In a day, four or five children will die,” she says.

If you witness child abuse – or suspect abuse or neglect – report it. In Pennsylvania, call the PA Childline at 800-932-0313. In New Jersey, call 877-NJ-ABUSE (877-652-2873).