Child Abuse Prevention
As a society, we have a collective responsibility to prevent child abuse and neglect. Common forms of child maltreatment include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. Knowing the signs, contributing stressors, and resources for help are vital to the prevention of child abuse. There are many important protective factors that can help reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect.
- Supportive family and social networks
- Parental employment and adequate housing
- Access to health care and social services
- Parental resilience
- Knowledge of child development and positive parenting strategies at each stage
For more information on recognizing the signs of abuse, please visit here.
Anyone who suspects that a child has been or may be abused or neglected has a legal responsibility, under state law, for reporting the suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement or to Child Protective Services (CPS). Reports may be made by contacting one of the following:
- Texas Abuse Hotline, 1-800-252-5400, http://www.txabusehotline.org
- Call 911 for emergency situations
Additional resources for child abuse awareness and prevention are listed below.
- Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/features/healthychildren/index.html
- Prevent Child Abuse America: www.preventchildabuse.org
- Prevent Child Abuse Texas: www.preventchildabusetexas.org
- Texas Association Against Sexual Assault: www.taasa.org
- Child Welfare Information Gateway: www.childwelfare.gov
- Texas Department of Family and Protective Services: www.dfps.state.tx.us
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), 1-800-787-3224 (TDD for hearing impaired)