Child abuse can take many different forms, including physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment of children. Child abuse also may include neglect, exposure to domestic violence, and exposure to substance abuse.
Neglect is the most common form of child abuse. Neglect is when a child’s basic needs for food, housing, health care and warm clothing are not met.
Child sexual abuse can include any kind of sexual act directed toward a child by an adult or by an older or more powerful child.
Child physical abuse is the inflicting of physical injury upon a child. Sometimes physical abuse happens even when parents did not intend to cause an injury. Physical abuse may include burning, hitting, punching, shaking, kicking, beating, or otherwise harming a child.
Emotional abuse includes acts or the failures to act by parents or caretakers that have caused or could cause serious behavioral, cognitive, emotional or mental disorders.
Exposure to family violence between adults in a child’s home can be harmful to children. It can include witnessing or being aware of violence happening between adults in the home. Exposure to substance abuse, such as drugs or alcohol by parents and other caregivers, also can have negative effects on the health, safety, and well-being of children.
Each day our staff and partners leave their families to respond to another’s family crisis. During this pandemic, or any other crisis, that will not change.
We continue to see high priority cases for forensic interviews and have not yet seen a reduction in the volume of those cases.
Our individual, evidence-based mental health services and our family advocacy services will be offered through Telehealth solutions.