In 1962, Department of Pediatrics Chair C. Henry Kempe, MD, psychiatrist Brandt Steele, MD, and associates published the seminal paper The Battered Child Syndrome, the first work giving doctors an avenue for identifying and understanding child abuse. Ten years later, The Kempe Center—originally established as the National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect—opened. Founded by Dr. Kempe, his wife Ruth Kempe, MD, and their colleagues, the Center immediately became the national and international place to learn how to recognize, treat, and ultimately prevent child mistreatment as a medical and social concern. The Center also became a pioneer in protective legislation and the home for the International Society for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect and an international journal.
More than four decades later, it continues to advance awareness globally while providing direct services regionally through its:
Learn more at the Kempe Center website.