What questions can I ask a child who is disclosing abuse?

When a child is disclosing that they are being abused, limit questioning to only the following five questions if the child has not already provided you with the information:
  • What happened?
  • When did it happen?
  • Where did it happen?
  • Who did it?
  • How do you know them (if the relationship of the abuser is unclear)?
Do not interrogate the child by asking leading questions such as
  • Did this or that happen?
  • Were you at school?
  • Did your uncle hit you on the leg?
This can make it harder for your child to tell you about the abuse.

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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 Many will turn to alcohol or drug use, and some may become withdrawn and depressed.

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