No Hit Zone

Hospitals, pediatric clinics, family court offices and city spaces are finding innovative ways to promote nonviolence by implementing “No Hit Zones!” No Hit Zones promote a calm, safe and caring environment for children where no hitting of any kind is allowed, including spanking.

The “No Hit Zone” designation means that the organization maintains an environment in which:
  • No adult shall hit another adult
  • No adult shall hit a child
  • No child shall hit an adult, and
  • No child shall hit another child

Where have folks implemented NoHitZones?

Family Court: Jefferson Family Court

Hospitals & Pediatric Offices: ** (see full list below)

Government Offices: Dane County District Attorney’s Office

City Spaces: Madison Heights, MI is one of few municipalities with ‘No Hit Zone’ resolutions aimed at preventing hitting and spanking of kids in public places.

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Current No Hit Zones
  1. Norton Children’s Hospital, Louisville, KYUW Health and American Family Children’s Hospital
  2. Gundersen Medical Center, LaCrosse, WI
  3. Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
  4. University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
  5. UW Health and American Family Children’s Hospital, Madison, WI
  6. Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  7. Mother Baby Unit and Emergency Department of Chesapeake Regional Health Care, Chesapeake, VA
  8. General Academic Pediatrics Office, Children’s Hospital of the Kings’ Daughters, Norfolk, VA
  9. Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA
  10. Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital, Center for Pediatric Medicine, Greenville, SC
  11. Nationwide Children’s, Columbus, OH
  12. Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, FL
  13. University of Rochester Medical Center Pediatric Emergency Department, Rochester, NY
  14. Montefiore Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, Bronz, NY
  15. No Hit Zone, SCAN, building hope for children & families in Northern Virginia, Alexandria, VA

Creating a Safe Place for Pediatric Care: A No Hit Zone

Erin R. FrazierGilbert C. LiuKelly L. Dauk

Conclusions: The No Hit Zone is an important program used to provide a safe and caring environment for all families and staff of Kosair Children’s Hospital. Demand for the program continues, demonstrated by the establishment of No Hit Zones at other local hospitals and multiple outpatient clinics. This article offers information for other organizations planning to conduct similar initiatives.

Research Link

AAP Endorsement


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