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NCCAFV's Mission

The National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence (NCCAFV) is completing its third decade of service to all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as a resource center on family violence prevention.

NCCAFV's commitment is to intergenerational family violence prevention -- of child abuse, domestic violence (spouse/partner abuse) and elder abuse.

NCCAFV provides public awareness and education materials, program and resource development consultation, and technical assistance and training in the United States and internationally.


NCCAFV is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation serving all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as a resource center on family violence prevention services, providing public education materials, program and resource development consultation, technical assistance and training to agencies and volunteers.

NCCAFV History

Beginning in 1984 and until 1995, when the federal government began funding a hotline, NCCAFV provided a toll-free National Family Violence HelpLine (800) 222-2000, directed by NCCAFV's then Vice President and current NCCAFV Chair who was the founding Director (1982-83) of the National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-Child). The National Family Violence HelpLine provided referral assistance to domestic violence victims and others seeking information related to child abuse, spouse/partner abuse and elder abuse.

In 1985, NCCAFV formed the National Alliance On Family Violence (NAFV), a network of organizations and professionals concerned about family violence.

From 1985 until 2010, NCCAFV served in a leadership role in the development of the International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW), a Swiss International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO).

In 1986, NCCAFV launched its first national public awareness campaign with a television spot featuring Oprah Winfrey.

In 1989, NCCAFV's then president, Alan Davis, chaired the founding meetings in Finland of the Geneva based International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW) and was elected its first president at the founding General Assembly, serving from 1989 thru 1992.

From 1991 to 2016, NCCAFV's current Chair served as president of the Child Welfare Fund International, (CWFI) during which NCCAFV served also as CWFI's Secretariat.

In 1991 and 1992, NCCAFV organized and hosted IFCW's 4th annual WorldForum (September 1992) on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula of California in the USA.

Since 1992, NCCAFV has conducted its AMERICAN CAMPAIGN FOR PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE & FAMILY VIOLENCE through print, radio and television awareness campaigns with its roster of celebrities including Larry Gatlin, Oprah Winfrey, Peter Falk, Barbara Mandrell, Billy Ray Cyrus and Lou Rawls. The Campaign published a series of information booklets entitled Facts About Child Abuse & Neglect, Facts About Domestic Violence and Facts About Family Violence. The information in these booklets is now available on this website.

From 1992 thru 1994, NCCAFV's current Chair, Mary-Ellen Rood, served on the Geneva based IFCW Executive Committee.


In 1993, the American Campaign's poster series "Children Should Be Seen And Not Hurt" and "Stop Family Violence" was presented the International Award for Excellence In Media On Behalf Of Children in Cambridge, England at IFCW's WorldForum 93 where Diana, Princess of Wales addressed the WorldForum delegates from around the world..

​​NCCAFV prepared the 1995 draft Report to the U.S. Congress on Family Violence under contract to the Federal Government's Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

From 1996 to 1998, NCCAFV's then President served on the International Steering Committee and co-chaired the Program Committee of the first World Conference on Family Violence which convened September 1998 in Singapore. 

From 1998 to 2018, NCCAFV served as the Secretariat for the International Network on Family Violence (INFV) which was formed in Singapore.

In 2002, NCCAFV's then President chaired the program committee for IFCW's 13th annual WorldForum in Honolulu, Hawaii.

From 2001 to 2003, NCCAFV (as INFV's secretariat) organized the Second World Congress on Family Violence (WCFV) held in June 2003 in Prague, Czech Republic.

In 2009-2010, NCCAFV's then President served on the Steering Committee for IFCW's 21st annual WorldForum in New York City and again in 2016 for IFCW's 25th WorldForum in Santa Fe, NM.

From 2011 thru 2020, NCCAFV has continually expanded the "reach" and effectiveness annually of its services, prevention programs and activities through the generosity of individual contributors in social media, in private sector annual corporate workplace campaigns and in the U.S. Federal Government employee's annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

Due to the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic's closure of all offices in Washington, DC and a need to adapt financially, NCCAFV is consolidating its operation after 36 years in DC by relocating nearby to Arlington,VA as of 1 September 2020. 

As a nongovernmental private sector 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization, NCCAFV and the American Prevention Campaign policy is to not solicit or receive federal, state or local government grants or contracts for its programs or services in order to preserve its founding mission of independent volunteer service to children and families throughout their lifespan.

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