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What should you do if you suspect child abuse?

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If you suspect child abuse, it’s important to report it. It isn’t a private matter or a family problem. A child’s physical and emotional well-being, and maybe even her life, could be at stake.

You don’t need proof to report abuse. If you suspect it, call your local child protective services, police, a hospital, or a hotline, such as the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 800-422-4453. You don’t have to give your name.

From: Possible Signs of Child Abuse WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “Child Abuse.”

Queensland Government, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services: “What Is Child Abuse?”

Mayo Clinic: “Child Abuse.”

Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services: “Warning Signs for Child Abuse and Neglect.”

HelpGuide.org: “Child Abuse and Neglect.”

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: “Child Sexual Abuse Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “Child Abuse.”

Queensland Government, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services: “What Is Child Abuse?”

Mayo Clinic: “Child Abuse.”

Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services: “Warning Signs for Child Abuse and Neglect.”

HelpGuide.org: “Child Abuse and Neglect.”

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: “Child Sexual Abuse Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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