The Galax Department of Social Services and other organizations have been recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Child abuse includes physical harm, neglect, sexual abuse and emotional and mental maltreatment.
Every eight days, a child dies from abuse or neglect.
Every six days, a child aged 19 and younger is murdered.
Every five hours, a family seeks shelter from a domestic violence program, but is denied because of lack of space.
Every five hours, a child witnesses an act of domestic violence.