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Child maltreatment, physical abuse, psychological maltreatment, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse and neglect are our key areas of concern.

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The use of alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs can hinder a caregiver's judgment and put a child in danger, leading to things like neglect or physical abuse. But in some states, substance abuse is also considered a form of child abuse on its own.

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Explores how abuse and neglect affect children, adolescents, adult survivors, and society.

Understanding child abuse prevention and what to do when children are at risk. Includes frequently asked questions and links to related Federal and national organizations and State contacts that work to prevent child abuse.


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In 2012, an estimated 678,810 children in the United States were determined to be victims of abuse or neglect.
A physical injury as a result of such as being hit, kicked, choked, thrown, pushed, or whipped by a parent or guardian. This may result in marks, cuts, burns, blisters, scratches, broken bones, sprains, dislocated joints, lifelong injury or death.

Possible Signs: any injury to a child who is not yet crawling; visible injuries such as: human bite marks, lacerations or abrasions, burns in the shape of an iron, grill or cigarette, immersion burns and any other significant unexplained marks or bruises; injuries at different stages of healing; frequent unexplained absences from school. Children may be aggressive, withdrawn, depressed, anxious, or demonstrate violent themes in art or fantasy.

Important Note: This list of signs does not include all signs and not all children will exhibit these signs and sometimes these signs may be indicators of other issues. When in doubt report suspicions of abuse and neglect to the Law Enforcement or DSS.

Some consequences of child sexual abuse include fear, loneliness, self-blame, poor self-esteem, anger, and mental health issues.
We provide unique and powerful tools for all workers to support the identification, investigation, treatment, adjudication, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.

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Pediatricians recommend that children who are suspected abuse victims be brought to a hospital, where the initial diagnosis can be made and treatment can be given. Hospitals are havens for abused kids, especially battered children who may need X-rays or cultures for a diagnosis to be made. Imaging can indicate broken bones, which are often the only sign that infants and very young children have been abused, as they aren't able to speak of the abuse themselves.

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Abuse is not a private family matter, although it most often occurs within families and often is kept as a family secret. Once you suspect child abuse, you need to act to protect the child from further possible harm. It doesn't matter if you're wrong: it's better to be wrong than sorry.


While not all suspicions and accusations of child abuse turn out to be true, all deserve serious attention and immediate action. Child abuse can rob kids of the joy of growing up and affect them negatively for years to come.

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Important Note: The lists above indicate common signs associated with abuse and neglect, but all children’s experiences and reactions are unique, therefore, some children will show no signs or may exhibit other signs not listed. When in doubt, report suspicions of abuse and neglect to the Law Enforcement or DSS.