Stop Child Abuse

Child Abuse Resources

To report child abuse or find support, call: 1-800-552-7096

Parenting can be tough. For support, call: 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373)

What is child abuse & neglect?

Sometimes it is difficult to understand exactly what child abuse and neglect are. Child abuse is any mistreatment of a child (someone under 18) by a parent or caregiver that results in harm or injury. Child abuse includes:

Physical abuse — an injury to a child that is not an accident; for example, hurting a child by hitting, burning, biting or shaking. Causes or threatens to cause a non-accidental physical or mental injury;

Physical neglect — neglects or refuses to provide the child food, clothing, medical care, shelter or supervision. This includes abandoning child, or failing to provide adequate supervision in relation to the child’s age and developmental level.

Sexual abuse — any sexual contact or exploitation of a child. This includes committing or allowing to be committed any illegal sexual act upon a child such as incest, rape, fondling, indecent exposure, child prostitution or allows a child to be used in any sexually explicit material.

Emotional abuse and neglect — an abusive parent may scare a child by threatening to leave him or her, or by being severely critical. A neglectful parent may not spend any time with the child or may never show the child any affection.

Child abuse can be a one-time occurrence but more often it is a pattern of behavior involving regular physical attacks or acts of deprivation or molestation. Frequently, the longer child abuse goes on, the more serious the consequences.

Click this link for Child Abuse in Northern Virginia Fact Sheet

What actions can YOU take to prevent child abuse and neglect?

As a community member, the most important thing you can do is to REPORT ABUSE if you suspect it by calling 1-800-552-7096.

As a NEIGHBOR, FRIEND OR RELATIVE, OFFER SUPPORT and reassurance to a struggling parent.

As a parent REACH OUT FOR SUPPORT and information. Find more resources for parents online at

Here are some websites on Child Abuse

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