REPORT CHILD ABUSE.  GEORGIA LAW REQUIRES IT.  Georgia law requires that persons with responsibility for a child or children shall report child abuse when there is reasonable cause to believe that a child has been abused.  Churches all over Georgia Read More

“Run, Hide, Fight” new video

I just watched the video, “RUN, HIDE, FIGHT”, on the Cobb County Juvenile Court website.  It is brief and it is very informative.  For schools, churches, and all workplaces, it is good to have a resource like this and use Read More

Older Adult Abuse Focus of Interpreter Article

Older Adult Abuse Focus of Interpreter Article Joy Melton is featured discussing issues of older adult abuse and exploitation in Tom Gillem’s article “Broken Trust” in the May/June issue of Interpreter Magazine.  Patterns of older adult abuse are described, along with strategies for protecting older adults and their families.  Joy Read More


Safe Sanctuary Insights Greetings and welcome to Safe Sanctuary Insights, a monthly eNews filled with expert advice, articles, commentary and announcements relating to the important mission of keeping our members, visitors and staff safe in our churches and nonprofits ministries. Read More

Georgia Child Abuse Reporting Law for your Church

Georgia has a new Child Abuse Reporting Statute that became effective July 1, 2012. Every church needs to know what our new law includes and how it effects our ministries with children and youth. The new law is found in Read More

WORKSHOP: Preventing Abuse In Older Adults

Joy Melton, partner with Hindson & Melton, will be the expert presenter at this informative online webinar. Find out more and register here–> Read More

Guilty Sentence for Child Endangerment

Recently, Monsignor William Lynn of the Roman Catholic Church was sentenced to a term of up to six years after being convicted of child endangerment.  This child abuse conviction represents the first time a U.S. Catholic clergy person has been Read More

Punitive Damages Awarded in Church Child Abuse Case

Punitive damages awarded in church child abuse case – this verdict is indeed stunning!  According to news reports, in this June 15th decision,  the jury found that the elders in the local congregation followed a denominational policy that prohibited them from sharing information Read More

Meet Author Joy Melton

Meet Author Joy Melton Safe Sanctuaries: The Church Responds to Abuse and Exploitation of Older Adults, by Joy T. Melton, will be published by Discipleship Resources, in September 2012. This new volume focuses on a broad spectrum of issues related to protecting older adults from Read More

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