The definitions and indicators provided in the first part of this handbook can help you to recognize abuse when you see it.
When you do become aware of child abuse, what can you do about it?
Better yet, how can child abuse be prevented from occurring in the first place?
This part of the handbook will focus on what we can do about child abuse, starting with how to act when you recognize abuse, what you must do to inform authorities about abuse you suspect, how our law enforcement and child protective agencies intervene to protect children who have been abused, and what we can do, individually and collectively, to prevent abuse before it happens. Responding to an Abused Child Professionals who may come into contact with abused children include law enforcement officers, medical professionals, child care workers, teachers, and other school staff.
Learning how to deal with conflicts within that relationship can be extremely painful, as well.However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.Your first responsibility when you recognize abuse of any kind is to report your suspicions.But your words and actions at the time of discovery or disclosure can be the first step toward opening the channels of communication and healing.Others who may know abused children are neighbors, relatives, and parents of the child's friends.