How can I stop child abuse?

Michael Frederick
Social Work

Abuse is more prevalent than most realize. The first and most important thing to do is to stop the cycle of abuse. If you are being abused, get somewhere safe immediately. If you the batterer, get counseling ASAP. Abuse is more related to the abuser's poor self-image than anything. Nothing the victim can do will change the pattern except leaving.

If you are the potential abuser, call for help immediately! Make sure the children are safe and distance yourself from them while you call for help. Call a friend, call a priest, and call your doctor; anyone who will drop what they are doing and rescue the kids first and you second. Parenting can be the biggest stressor there is and if the rest of your life is falling apart, it could tip you over the edge. After the crisis has passed, get professional help even if you are back in control. Make the connection in case you need them again in a hurry.

If your partner is the abuser, physically protect your children always. Emotional or verbal abuse is not as clear cut when you are in the situation. It often gradually escalates and the children may bear some responsibility for the conflict. However, it is equally as damaging and behavior that must be changed. Seek family counseling to initiate changes in the family's relationships.

If you suspect a child outside your home/family is being abused, check the yellow pages for social services, an abuse hot line, etc. or call 911 if the threat is immediate and physical. To improve the incidence of child abuse as a social cause, go to the internet to find local associations who run campaigns of that type. Never stand silent when children are involved. 

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Child Abuse

In most cases of child abuse, the abuser is someone the child knows; parent, relative, or family friend. Abuse can be emotional, neglect, sexual, or physical abuse. All types of abuse can cause permanent mental or emotional damage ...

to the child as they age. Many will turn to alcohol or drug use, and some may become withdrawn and depressed.

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