Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a community responsibility.
Most adults want to help but are unsure of how to get involved.
Because of this, a community response is necessary.
It is important for parent(s) to know whom your teens are dating and to talk with them about healthy relationships.
Keep in mind that some teens may mistake attention as expressions of love when in fact they are warning signs of control.
If you think a child is being abused or neglected, you should report it as soon as you become aware of it.
Unexplained injuries, such as bruises Extreme behaviors, such as excessive crying, truancy or running away Poor hygiene and unsuitable clothing Excessive fear of parent(s), caregiver(s) or going home Depression or excessive crying Poor peer relationships or inability to relate to children of the same age Sudden change in behavior Constant hunger, tiredness or lack of energy Attention-seeking behaviors Any act that causes harm or threatens the risk of harm to a teen by an individual who is in a current or former dating relationship with that teen.
I recognize that something is going on that looks like family violence.
However, I don’t want to be dragged into someone else’s drama. What happens in someone’s home is none of my business.
Any act that causes harm or threatens the risk of harm to a child (under 18) by a parent, caregiver or another person.
While all types of abuse and neglect can occur, the four common types of child abuse are physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect.
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The resource line should not replace calling 911 in case of an emergency or any other 24-hour emergency crisis hotline.