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Signs of Child Abuse

DePelchin is constantly working to remind our communities that the tragic issue of child abuse is very real – and we need their help to stop it. As people in the community, you are the first eyes and ears in situations and you also play a large part in recognizing situations that may not seem right. Pay close attention to these signs of abuse in children of all ages (from toddlers to teens) and reach out when you suspect a child is being abused. 

Signs of physical, emotional and sexual abuse from toddlers to teens:

  • Unexplained burns, cuts, bruises or welts
  • Anti-social behavior and problems in school
  • Fear of adults
  • Self-destructive or suicidal behavior
  • Depression and lack of concentration
  • Continually dirty or wearing unsuitable clothing for weather
  • Inappropriate interest in or knowledge of sexual acts

What to do if you believe a child is being abused:

  • Stay calm and be reassuring
  • Listen, but do not press for information
  • Call your local police or the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400
  • In an emergency, call 911