The Central Texas Regional Advisory Council will host Pinwheels for Prevention, an educational event to raise awareness of child abuse and domestic violence, at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Metroplex Behavioral Health Center, 2407 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen.

The free event is part of the Prevent Child Abuse Texas Campaign, a collaborative effort between government agencies, community and health organizations and task forces to help prevent child abuse in Central Texas.

“Child abuse, neglect and domestic violence in general are 100 percent preventable, and it all starts by educating our families,” said Jo-Ell Guzman, outreach coordinator at the Scott & White Trauma Injury Prevention Center.

Speakers from the Central Texas Family Violence Taskforce, Bell County Children’s Advocacy Center and Family Advocacy Fort Hood will be featured at the event, along with physicians from the trauma and injury team at Scott & White and behavioral therapists from the Metroplex Behavioral Health Center.

As part of the campaign, 2,000 blue-and-silver pinwheels will be displayed at locations throughout Bell County to increase awareness of the importance of taking a stand against child abuse and encouraging positive violence-free choices among families.

“Bringing awareness to child abuse, as well as providing hope and healing to those affected in our community, is the goal,” said Margaret Kays, Metroplex marketing specialist.

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