Child Abuse

If you suspect a child is in immediate danger, call 911. In Moore County, call the Department of Social Services.

Signs of Child Abuse

If your notice any of these signs, it may be Child Abuse:

  • Abuse can lead to many changes in a child’s behavior. 
  • Abused children often appear scared, anxious, depressed, withdrawn or more aggressive.
  • Abused and neglected children may appear uncared for. 
  • They may present as consistently dirty and have severe body odor, or they may lack sufficient clothing for the weather.
  • Abused children may display behaviors shown at earlier ages, such as thumb-sucking, bed-wetting, fear of the dark or strangers. For some children, even loss of acquired language or memory problems may be an issue.
  • Abused children may have difficulty concentrating in school or have excessive absences, sometimes due to adults trying to hide the children’s injuries from authorities.
  • Abused children may have frequent nightmares or have difficulty falling asleep, and as a result may appear tired or fatigued.
  • Children who have been sexually abused may exhibit overly sexualized behavior or use explicit sexual language.
  • The stress, fear and anxiety caused by abuse can lead to changes in a child’s eating behaviors, which may result in weight gain or weight loss.
  • Young people who are being abused may engage in high-risk activities such as using drugs or alcohol or carrying a weapon.

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