Why is it important to listen for clues of child abuse?

Children may not tell anyone if they are being abused, so it is critical that any signs of abuse be taken seriously. If you suspect possible child abuse, call your local child protective services agency, police department, or the National Child Abuse Hotline at 800-4-A-CHILD.
It is important to listen for clues of child abuse because it is important to act in a way to support the child and keep the child protected. It is therefore important to recognize the possible clues so that further questions are asked. Most children who disclose want the abuse to stop. When the disclosure is “missed,” they may continue with additional hints, or not.

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 Many will turn to alcohol or drug use, and some may become withdrawn and depressed.

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