No Hit Zone

With the support of Northern Virginia Health Foundation and through partnerships with the Child Protection Partnership, SCAN facilitates the implementation of No Hit Zones in Northern Virginia.

What is a No Hit Zone?
The No Hit Zone concept was originally created by Lolita McDavid, MD, professor of pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in 2005. Since its initial inception within pediatric hospital settings, No Hit Zones have expanded throughout the country and beyond the walls of hospitals.

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.

Organizations that become No Hit Zones support 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


How to become a No Hit Zone:
SCAN is currently working with interested organizations in Prince William County and will add additional partner organizations from across Northern Virginia in 2019. To inquire about becoming a No Hit Zone partner in Northern Virginia, email SCAN will partner with your organization to help you become a No Hit Zone by completing the four Strategies for Change:

  1. Provide Information: Raise awareness and provide education. Show your visual commitment to being a No Hit Zone through the No Hit Zone Program Materials.
  2. Promote Safe Places: Increase safety of the environment and review options for the prevention of hitting. Use the Implementation Review when developing your plan to increase environment safety.
  3. Build Skills: SCAN offers tools to support your staff and parents/caregivers of children in building skills to resolve conflict in healthy ways that reduce the likelihood of hitting.
    • For Staff Members: SCAN offers staff training on nonviolent conflict resolution skills and supportive communication will improve ability to prevent hitting and reduce problems through effective intervention. The No Hit Zone Training provides an overview of the No Hit Zone program and learning activities to enhance the implementation of supportive interventions.
    • For Families: SCAN can help you support parent/caregiver education and learning of positive discipline strategies that do not involve hitting. Share the No Hit Zone Family Pledge Link and available family support resources in your community.
  4. PolicyAdopt a policy or rule where hitting is not allowed and people support healthy kids and safer communities through No Hit Zones. Review the Sample No Hit Zone Policy.

How to learn more about Spanking and other forms of Corporal Punishment:

Use our “Positive Parenting” rack card:

• No Hit Zone “Positive Parenting” in English
No Hit Zone “Crianza positive de los hijos” in Spanish

Visit the following pages on our Parent Resource Center:

The Effects of Corporal Punishment
Anger Management
Positive Discipline
Positive Communication with Your Children
Public Displays of Aggression
Understanding your Toddler’s Behavior