Recognize and Prevent Child Abuse2018-07-26T13:47:58+00:00

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF CHILD ABUSE

New Fears
  • An abused child or teenager may develop new fears of situations, places, or people. They may become shy, anxious, scared or withdrawn.

Emotional Behaviors
  • Be aware of any emotional changes you may begin to see in your child that are outside the norm – whether it’s anger, frustration, shyness, etc.

Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors
  • A child experiences a range of sexual behaviors depending on age. Any behaviors that are unusual for the child’s age range may be a sign of abuse.

Sleeping Patterns
  • The inability to sleep, difficulties staying asleep and/or nightmares may develop due to the trauma caused by abuse.

Eating Habits
  • If abuse has occurred, a child may begin to show a disinterest in eating and a sudden loss of appetite or may cope by overeating.

Lack Of Personal Hygiene
  • Lack of personal hygiene can be a sign of neglect, including obvious malnourishment, consistently dirty clothes, attachment disorders and more.

School Performance
  • Abuse may cause an inability for a child to concentrate, which can directly affect his/her school performance, grades and behavior.

Loss Of Boundaries
  • A child or teen may be overly friendly and attached to total strangers, tolerate abuse from other children or become overly obedient.

Self Destructive
  • A child or teen may feel guilt and shame from abuse and begin hurting themselves; including hitting/cutting, drugs, alcohol or even a suicide attempt.

Do You Suspect Child Abuse? 1-800-254-5400 | TXAbuseHotline.org

HOW TO PREVENT CHILD ABUSE

LEARN THE FACTS
  • 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.

MINIMIZE OPPORTUNITY
  • Eliminate or reduce isolated, one-on-one situations to decrease the risk for abuse. Abusers often become friendly with potential victims and their families – this is called grooming.

TALK ABOUT IT
  • Have open conversations with children about our bodies, sex and boundaries. Observe and listen to your child and let them know it’s ok to say “no” in uncomfortable situations.

RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS
  • Kids don’t always tell us they’re being abused. Learn the signs of abuse to help protect children from further harm.

REACT RESPONSIBLY
  • Understand how to respond to risky behaviors and suspicions or reports of abuse. Help children by giving them a voice.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP
  • The next step is to educate yourself on all forms of abuse. To learn specific strategies and tips, please contact the Center for Child Protection at 512.472.1164.

The Center for Child Protection works with children and families referred by law enforcement and Child Protective Services. If you need assistance but have not been referred to the Center, please contact one of the organizations below to find out more about how they can help your family.

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