If You Suspect A Child Has Been Abused

ome signs that a child is experiencing violence or abuse are more obvious than others. Trust your instincts. Suspected abuse is sufficient to contact the authorities. You do not need proof.

If you suspect a child has been abused…

DO:

  • Keep calm.
  • Tell the child you believe them.
  • Show interest and concern.
  • Reassure and support the child.
  • Take action. It could save a child’s life.

DON’T:

  • Panic or overreact.
  • Pressure the child.
  • Confront the offender.
  • Blame the child or minimize the child’s feelings.
  • Overwhelm the child with questions.

Remember….

  • Suspicion of abuse is all that is necessary to file a report
  • Your information can be given anonymously
  • You will be asked to describe your concerns about the child and it will be helpful if you can provide: the child’s name, age, address, gender, school attended (if possible), and names of parents.

 

 

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