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UNC Hospitals is proud to be a part of the No Hit Zone movement. In our facilities, no form of hitting or other physical violence will be tolerated. This means that:

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

Why is UNC Hospitals a “No Hit Zone?”        

UNC Hospitals strives to be a place of healing and hope. Any type of violent behavior disrupts the calm and caring environment for our patients, visitors, and staff.

It is our goal to help parents and guardians use positive parenting techniques while they are visiting our facilities. See below for information on positive parenting.

Tips for Parents


  • Try to bring a toy or activity to appointments to keep your child busy. Children are more likely to misbehave if they are bored.
  • Talk with your child and explain to them exactly how you want them to behave and why.
  • Set clear and consistent limits on your child’s behaviors.
  • Praise children for positive behavior.
  • Ask for help! All parents/guardians need support.
  • Talk to your health care providers if you have particular concerns about your child’s behaviors.


For Parents

Peaceful Parenting

Zero to Three

SCAN of Northern Virginia

100+ Positive Parenting Tips, Skills, and Techniques

Online trainings

CDC Positive Parenting

Triple P Positive Parenting Program

Academic Articles

Font, S. A., Gershoff, E. T., Taylor, C. A., Terreros, A., Nielsen-Parker, M., Spector, L., … & Olson-Dorff, D. (2016). Staff responses when parents hit children in a hospital setting. Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics: JDBP37(9), 730.

Frazier, E. R., Liu, G. C., & Dauk, K. L. (2014). Creating a safe place for pediatric care: a no hit zone. Hospital pediatrics4(4), 247-250.

Gershoff, E. T., Font, S. A., Taylor, C. A., Garza, A. B., Olson-Dorff, D., & Foster, R. H. (2018). A short-term evaluation of a hospital no hit zone policy to increase bystander intervention in cases of parent-to-child violence. Children and youth services review94, 155-162.

Irons, L. B., Flatin, H., Harrington, M. T., Vazifedan, T., & Harrington, J. W. (2018). Parental self-assessment of behavioral effectiveness in young children and views on corporal punishment in an academic pediatric practice. Clinical pediatrics57(10), 1183-1190.

Olson-Dorff, D. (2017). Application of Adverse Childhood Experiences research into health care at Gundersen Health System: addressing the social determinants of health. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma10(3), 257-260.

Vaughan-Eden, V., Holden, G. W., & LeBlanc, S. S. (2019). Commentary: Changing the Social Norm about Corporal Punishment. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal36(1), 43-48.