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Some Signs of Child Abuse or Neglect

Signs of Abuse and Neglect

Download this tip card to learn more about the signs and ways you can help prevent child abuse and neglect, available from the One Strong ‘Ohana campaign.

If you suspect someone is at risk for child abuse or neglect, click here or call the National Child Abuse Hotline at
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453).

It can be difficult to know when a child is being abused; their reactions can vary by personality, culture or age. Common clues to watch for include:

  • Changes in mood and behavior.Abused children can appear more aggressive, scared, anxious, depressed or withdrawn. They may be anxious about leaving school or going places with the abuser.

 

 

  • Changes in school performance and attendance. Abused children may have difficulty concentrating in school or have excessive absences. A child may also present as an overachiever and possibly be hyper-vigilant about grades or school activities.

 

  • Lack of personal care or hygiene. Children may appear uncared for or exhibit poor hygiene as a result of parental neglect or sexual abuse.

 

  • Risk-taking behaviors. Young people who are being abused may engage in high-risk activities such as using drugs or alcohol, carrying a weapon or overly sexualized behavior.

If a child discloses to you, don’t confront the abuser.
Let the child know you believe them and don’t blame them; talk to a professional.

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