SaveTweetIf you suspect a child is being abused, or if you or someone in your family has been accused of child abuse, it’s important to know what steps to take first. As child abuse laws vary from state to state, it can be difficult to know what state agency or officials to contact.
The guides below will walk you through the basics, from the the physical and emotional ramifications of child abuse to who to contact to report suspected abuse, the applicable federal laws, and what to do if you have been accused or are in danger of losing your children.
The term "child abuse" refers to any mistreatment of a child
that results in harm or injury. There are four types of child abuse: physical,
emotional, sexual, and the most common form of child abuse,... more
There are four major
types of child abuse: physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional/psychological
abuse. It's common to see more than one type in a case of child abuse. Any type
of child... more
The consequences of child abuse can
be serious and far-reaching. They include physical, psychological, cognitive,
and behavioral problems that can continue through adulthood. The seriousness of
Who Has To Report Child Abuse or Neglect in Virginia?
Parents often come to the attention of the Department of Social Services and the courts by way of reports from "mandatory reporters", those who... more
The Child Abuse
Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is the main piece of federal legislation
abuse. It puts forth a framework for defining types of child abuse and
enables federal... more
One of the most frightening calls a parent can receive is one telling you that you are being investigated by Child Protective Services (CPS). If you have received such a call, it is important to... more