- Child abuse facts
- What is child abuse?
- What are the different types of child abuse?
- What are risk factors for child abuse?
- What are symptoms and signs of child abuse?
- How do physicians diagnose child abuse?
- What is the treatment for child abuse?
- What are the complications and prognosis of child abuse?
- Is it possible to prevent child abuse?
- What should people do if they suspect that a child is being abused?
- Where can people find more information about child abuse?
What should people do if they suspect that a child is being abused?
If it is suspected that a child is being abused, laws in most of the United States require that a professional that is in the role of caring for the child (for example, a teacher, doctor, or daycare provider) make a formal report of the abuse to child-welfare authorities in the state in which it is suspected to have occurred. Those professionals are often called mandated reporters. Both for those professionals and for people who are not mandated reporters, child-abuse reporting hotlines are available in every state in the United States.
Where can people find more information about child abuse?
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
350 Poplar Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Child Abuse Prevention Association
503 E. 23rd Street
Independence, M0 64055
Phone: 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)
People they help: child-abuse victims, parents, concerned individuals
Child Welfare Information Gateway
1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, Eighth Floor
Washington, DC 20024
Darkness to Light
Phone: 866-FOR-LIGHT (866-367-5444)
People they help: children and adults needing local information or resources about sexual abuse
Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics
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