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SIGNS OF ABUSE

Child abuse can take place anywhere – at home, school, public places – wherever a child goes or interacts with others. It can take several forms, and cause long-lasting scars on the body of the child, as well as the mind. Child abuse can present itself in many forms, although some signs are not obvious or visible. The first step in helping abused or neglected children is learning to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect.

To report suspected abuse in Illinois, call 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873). If a child is in immediate danger, also call 911. Outside of Illinois, call 1-800-422-4453

SIGNS OF PHYSICAL ABUSE

SIGNS OF NEGLECT

SIGNS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

SIGNS OF EMOTIONAL MALTREATMENT

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway. Available online at https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/whatiscan.cfm

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