Stop Child Abuse in its Tracks

Indicators and Information for Preventing Child Abuse

What Does Child Abuse Look Like?


Physical Abuse: Behavioral Indicators:

- discomfort around adults

-fear of going home

-reports of injury by parents

Physical Abuse: Physical Indicators:

-bruises. welts, or bites

-lacerations to the skin

-burns

-fractures

-injuries to the head


Neglect: Behavioral Indicators:

-begging or stealing food

-extended stays at school

-fatigue

-delinquency

Neglect: Physical Indicators:

-abandonment

-malnourished

-inappropriate dress for the weather


Sexual Abuse: Behavioral Indicators:

-promiscuity

-acting out

Sexual Abuse: Physical Indicators:

-difficulty sitting/walking

-torn/stained undergarments

-difficulty or refusal to use the bathroom

-pain or itching around the genitals

Concerned about a child in your life?

DO NOT WAIT TO CALL.


Mandated Reporter Hotline:

1-800-635-1522


For more information on child abuse and how to report it, visit the New York State Office of Children and Family Services' website at:


http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/cps/