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About the No Hit Zone

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No Hit Zones promote healthy relationships and safe environments across the lifespan through awareness, education and skill-building.

A No Hit Zone is an environment that supports a culture of safety and health where:

  • No adult shall hit another adult.
  • No adult shall hit a child.
  • No child shall hit an adult.
  • No child shall hit another child.

The No Hit Zone concept was originally created by Lolita McDavid, MD, professor of pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in 2005. The University of Louisville - Kosair Children’s Hospital is also recognized as an early No Hit Zone champion following their 2012 implementation. Since its initial inception within pediatric hospital settings, No Hit Zones have expanded throughout the country and beyond the walls of hospitals. The Dane County District Attorney’s office in Wisconsin has received national recognition for becoming a No Hit Zone. Many early No Hit Zone champions paved the way for Gundersen Health System to become the first non-pediatric hospital to implement a No Hit Zone in 2014.

The momentum for No Hit Zones continues to grow! In response to numerous requests for implementation support, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center has created No Hit Zone implementation resources. The implementation resources include implementation tools, staff training, resources for community engagement and program materials. No Hit Zone implementation plans can be customized to fit the needs and interests of the organization or community, yet remain connected to the larger unified effort that promotes healthy kids and safer communities.

No Hit Zones promote a culture of safety and health for children, adults, families and communities:

  • No Hit Zones support healthy relationships and safe environments across the lifespan.
    Hitting can be prevented and is harmful to physical, emotional and mental health. A No Hit Zone applies to the action of hitting a child as a form of punishment, sibling conflict, elder abuse and other forms of adult violence.
  • No Hit Zones focus on prevention and support during early signs of distress.
    A focus is on the prevention of hitting and providing support to others during early signs of distress. Supportive intervention can reduce a problem and promote safety.
  • No Hit Zones promote nonviolent ways to work through conflict, an important part of all healthy relationships.
    Children learn by watching and interacting with adults. Adults should model and teach positive ways to work through conflict.

The No Hit Zone program supports united goals, consistent messaging and collaborative work to grow healthy kids, strengthen families and support safer communities.

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