Signs of Child Abuse

Below are indicators of child abuse that include but are not limited to these signs. Some signs that a child is experiencing abuse are more obvious than others. Trust your instincts. Suspected abuse is enough of a reason to contact authorities. You do not need proof.

Behavioral Signs Include:

  • Acting out sexually, or knowledge of sex that is not age appropriate
  • Self-destructive and risk taking behavior (hair pulling, cutting, drug and alcohol use)
  • Returning to earlier behaviors (bedwetting, thumb-sucking)
  • Changes in school performance and attendance

Emotional Signs Include:

  • Nightmares/changes in sleeping
  • Depression or unstable moods
  • New or unusual fear of certain people or places
  • Separation anxiety

Physical Signs Include:

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Lack of personal hygiene or care
  • Weight loss/gain, change in appetite
  • Swelling, redness, soreness, bleeding, infections or other changes in the genital area
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches

1 in 4 Girls


1 in 6 Boys

Will be the victim of sexual abuse before the age 18.

Keeping our children safe, starts with a conversation.

Did You Know?

The pinwheel is the sign for child abuse prevention