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Child Abuse

Child abuse affects many children of all ages. Learn to recognize the signs of child abuse and what to do if you suspect that a child is being physically, emotionally or sexually abused.

Neglect - Child Neglect and Abuse
Although people usually think of child abuse as someone physically harming a child, it is important to keep in mind that about 60 percent of child abuse cases actually involve neglect.

Child Abuse Prevention
Learn about child abuse prevention, recognizing the signs of child abuse, and the devastating effects of child abuse.

Child Abuse - Child Abuse Cases and Stories
These child abuse cases and stories straight from the headlines of recent newspapers can help to highlight how common child abuse is so that everyone may be more likely to report suspected child abuse and neglect.

Child Abuse Statistics
Learn about child abuse statistics, including how many cases of suspected child abuse are reported each week and where the reports come from.

What is Child Abuse and Neglect?
Review the official federal definition of child abuse and neglect, including the four major types of abuse - neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse.

Preventing Child Abuse
Learn what you can do to help prevent child abuse and neglect by understanding the causes of child abuse and how to report suspect child abuse.

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse
Review some of the signs of child abuse that can alert you to when a child is being abused.

How to Report Child Abuse
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, you should call your local Child Protective Services (CPS) agency or the CPS agency in the State in which the abuse occurred. Includes a list of toll free numbers for the States that have them.

Child Abuse Facts
Child abuse is harm to, or neglect of, a child by another person, whether adult or child, and it can be physical, emotional, verbal, sexual or through neglect. Abuse may cause serious injury to the child and may even result in death. Learn the signs of possible abuse.

Signs of Physical Abuse
Review some of the signs of physical abuse that might help alert you that a child is being abused.

Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect
Learn about the possible physical, psychological, and behavioral consequences of child abuse.

Rib Fractures
Review what may cause a baby to have rib fractures, including birth trauma, child abuse, rickets, osteogenesis imperfecta, and accidental injuries.

The Cycle of Child Abuse
What parents need to know to understand and prevent the cycle of child abuse.

Child Abuse Prevention Network
A collaboration of web sites about child abuse, including news, electronic lists, reporting, survivor issues, prevention, parenting and other issues.

Child Abuse Medical Library
Articles about child abuse, including emotional abuse, pedophilia, and preventing physical and sexual abuse of children.

Child Sexual Abuse
From the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a guide to child sexual abuse, including symptoms of sexually abused children and how parents can lessen the chance that their children will be abused.

Child Abuse and Neglect
Resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics, including policy statements on distinguishing sudden infant death syndrome from child abuse fatalities, the assessment of maltreatment of children with disabilities, and guidelines for the evaluation of suspected child sexual abuse.

The Hidden Bruises
A list of symptoms that a child may display if he has been or is being abused.

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect
Information about child abuse and neglect and child welfare, including statistics on abuse, state statutes, and requirements and procedures for reporting child abuse, including reporter immunity and penalties for failure to report.

PANdora's Box
The Secrecy of Child Sexual Abuse website with child protection & abuse prevention information, including a message to victims and survivors.

Prevent Child Abuse America
A national organization with a mission to 'prevent child abuse and neglect of our nation's children.' Includes a quarterly newsletter, reports, surveys, tips for parents, info for kids, and a Child Abuse Prevention Packet.

Understanding Child Sexual Abuse
Information to help you understand child sexual abuse, including information about victims, perpetrators, effects, and how to protect children.

Child Abuse
Child abuse is harm to, or neglect of, a child by another person, whether adult or child, and it can be physical, emotional, verbal, sexual or through neglect. Abuse may cause serious injury to the child and may even result in death. Learn the signs of possible abuse.

Signs of Child Sexual Abuse
Review some of the signs of child sexual abuse for health professionals to help you when investigating whether or not a child has been abused.

Responding to Sexual Abuse
Interventions with children who have been sexually abused may involve multiple services and supports including investigative interviews, medical evaluations, and support for the child and nonoffending parents. Resources include State and local examples.

Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect
Find information and training resources on recognizing signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect.

Stop Child Abuse
Learn the proper steps to take when you witness the abusive treatment of a child from the American Humane Association.

Child Abuse Prevention Tips
Get child abuse prevention tips and fact sheets about child abuse and neglect about Prevent Child Abuse America.

Child Abuse Prevention Month 2009 Resource Packet
Resources were developed with input from numerous national organizations, Federal partners, and parents committed to promoting healthy families during child abuse prevention month.

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