National Child Abuse Prevention Month is in April. CEO Julie Hurst and President Bill Fletcher of the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) received proclamations for both their Centers in Niceville/Okaloosa County and DeFuniak Springs/Walton County recognizing child victims.

Okaloosa County Undersheriff Steve Harker and Niceville Police Officer Joe Whitfield presented their proclamation, and DeFuniak Springs Mayor Bob Campbell and Walton County School Superintendent Russell Hughes presented theirs.

For more information about these programs, to volunteer, or for further information about the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers, visit or call 850-833-9237, ext. 283. If you suspect abuse, report it by calling the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.