Learn the Signs of Child Abuse So You Can Speak Up

Small child, a girl, hiding her face putting her hand out to say stop

Child abuse is a national health crisis. Knowing the statistics is alarming since 1 in 5 children will be abused before their 18th birthday. In addition, five children die everyday because of child abuse or neglect. There is hope though. One person can make a difference. That difference starts by knowing the signs of abuse and reporting it.

Here are some signs to look for when it comes to child abuse. This is not a complete list, but it gives some examples:

  • Unexplained burns or marks on the skin
  • Repeatedly dirty or unbathed
  • Nightmares
  • Regression
  • Hostile behavior or aggression
  • Fear of a person or people
  • Bedwetting

If you see or suspect abuse from one or multiple signs, what can you do?

  • Call the child abuse hotline and report it. The number is 1.800.962.2873 or 1.800.96Abuse.

FamiliesFirst Network (FFN) offers services in foster parenting, adoptions services, placements for children and independent living programs. Their primary goal is to establish safety and permanency and to support the well-being of abused and neglected children in Northwest Florida. FFN accomplishes this by providing: child protective services to families; independent living services to teens and youth who age out of foster care; adoptive services for children in the dependency system; and by placing foster children in licensed foster homes and residential facilities.


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