Signs of Child Abuse
Child abuse does not discriminate. It happens in every culture, class, and community. It might be happening to your child or affecting your child’s best friend or teammate. When you notice one or more of these signs, you may be unsure if abuse is occurring. Children may exhibit these signs but not be victims, or they may be victims without clearly identifiable signs. If you suspect abuse, you should think critically about what else you know or have observed about the family.
If you have a concern about a child from a different culture than your own or who belongs to a community that you don’t understand well, consider whether the concern relates to parenting practices and personal beliefs that may be different from your own, but are not necessarily abuse. Remember, families struggling with poverty are often safe and loving. Thank you for your care in understanding how to detect abuse. Your actions today are part of the solution.