An abuser’s best friend is silence: the silent fear of the victim and the silence of those who could report. If you are being hurt, know someone who might be hurting, or are afraid you might hurt another, call or text the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline. Your voice on the phone, your voice in text, or your online voice chatting with one of our professional crisis counselors will be a first step in breaking the silence and getting help. If you see any signs of abuse in someone you know, or if you yourself are involved in an abusive relationship, get help right away. Our Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is a 24-hour hotline with resources to aid in every child abuse situation. All calls are confidential. Call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) for help.
What is Child Abuse
There are many types of abuse. It can often be difficult to exactly define what is considered child abuse, and each state may include different details in their child abuse laws. There are four main types of abuse.
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This project was supported by Grant Number 90CA1855 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.