Child Abuse Hotline
If a child has made a disclosure of abuse to you,
- Try not to react emotionally and do not ask a lot of questions.
- Listen, support and acknowledge their experience and let them know it is not their fault and you are glad they told you.
- Assure them you will help keep them safe.
- Report the abuse immediately to one of the agencies below:
- Things you can do to help your child once they have disclosed abuse.
Does something not seem quite right? You may be a child’s only hope.
Click here for suggestions on how to talk to your child if you are concerned or if you suspect they have been abused
Children deserve safety. If you have any suspicions about a victim or abuser, please report it to law enforcement or DHS child welfare. We know it takes courage to report abuse especially if you don’t have proof or know all of the details. If you aren’t sure what to do, call KIDS Center and one of our Family Support Specialists can help guide you.
Some, but not all, abused children may show physical or behavioral signs. Some of these include:
- Nervousness around adults or one in particular
- Aggression, passivity or over-compliance
- Sudden changes in personality
- Inability to stay awake or concentrate
- Not wanting to go home or to a particular place
- Low self-esteem
- Unexplained bruises or injuries
- Poor hygiene
But sometimes there are no signs; that’s why talking to children is so important. Many victims say if someone had just specifically asked them whether they were being harmed, they would have disclosed their abuse.
Speak up and help save a child!
For additional resources on how to talk to children click here
If you are an adult survivor, our Family Support Specialists can guide you to the help you may need. Contact us today.