The U.S. Alliance brings together individuals, groups, and organizations to create a unified voice calling for, and working toward, the end of all forms of physical and emotional punishment against children, especially in schools and homes.
The Alliance, through education and legal means, seeks to end all social justifications and legal authorizations of corporal punishment. Achieving these goals will give children the same protection from this sort of physical violence as is already enjoyed by adults under state and federal law.
With sadness and profound gratitude, we say good-bye to Dr. Murray Straus, founder of the field of family violence research. Dr. Straus passed away May 13, 2016 at the age of 89. Beginning in the 1970s, his surveys established that people were far more likely to be assaulted and injured by members of their own family than they were by strangers, fundamentally changing popular and academic conceptions about crime and crime prevention. He devoted much of his later career to the study of spanking, accumulating volumes of evidence linking spanking to increased aggression, reduced warmth between parents and child, and numerous other damaging side effects.
Across the U.S. and around the world, there are individuals and groups committed to ending corporal punishment of children. In the U.S., campaigns to end the practice began as early as the 1820s. More recently, the Center for Effective Discipline in 1987 began addressing the problem and coordinated the efforts of the National Coalition to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools (NCACPS) and End Physical Punishment of Children (EPOCH-USA). Other groups in the U.S. currently active to end the practice such as Parents and Teachers against Violence in Education (PTAVE), StopSpanking.org, NeverHitaChild.org, People Opposed to Paddling Students (POPS), and The Hitting Stops Here.