Understanding Child Abuse2018-12-28T16:27:48+00:00

What is Child Abuse?

Child abuse is mental, emotional, physical or sexual injury to a child or failure to prevent such an injury. It includes neglect, the failure to provide a child with food, clothing, shelter and/or medical care, as well as leaving a child in a situation where the child is at risk or harm.

Child abuse is a crime that thrives in secrecy because it is often times difficult to talk about. That’s why conversation—openly discussing this issue—is the most effective tool we have to eradicate child abuse.

Signs of child abuse can be subtle, and in many cases, nonexistent. Changes in a child’s routine or new unexplained behaviors are worth a second look. A few signs to look for include unexplained injuries, changes in behavior, changes in eating or sleeping, changes in school performance or attendance, and fear of certain places or people.

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5 Things You Can Do to Prevent Child Abuse

1. Know the Signs of Child AbuseAn important first step to preventing child abuse and neglect is recognizing its many forms and knowing the signs, so you can recognize and report abuse if you suspect it. Signs of abuse can include unexplained injuries, appearing unkempt or malnourished despite having access to community resources, fear of going home or reluctance to be with a certain person, exhibiting [...]

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We All Play a Role in Protecting Children

Roxanne’s House, the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, works collaboratively with our community partners by employing the multidisciplinary team (MDT) model to address child abuse allegations effectively. This approach, endorsed by the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Justice, fosters collaboration among professionals, including Children's Advocacy Centers, Law Enforcement, Child Protective Investigators, Medical Professionals, Child Advocates, and Prosecutors.  At [...]

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Strengthening Communities: The Role of Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Months

Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month are not just observances on the calendar; they represent a commitment to creating safe and supportive communities for all individuals. Hays-Caldwell Women's Center (HCWC) and other similar organizations play a pivotal role in spreading awareness and providing trauma informed, free and confidential services to those in our communities that have experienced violence and abuse. Grounded in [...]

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Descargue el conjunto de herramientas para tomar medidas sobre el Mes de la Prevención y la Concientización del Abuso Infantil del 2024

Mes de conciencia y prevención de abuso infantil es “observado” cada año en estados unidos y se dedica a aumentar la conciencia de y prevenir el abuso y descuido infantil. Cerca de 700,000 niños/as en Estados Unidos están siendo abusados ahora. Cada niño/a merece crecer en un ambiente seguro, establé, y cariñoso. Contenido Estadísticas y hechos de abuso infantil Como reportar abuso infantil Posts para [...]

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Survivor Story – The Scars That Don’t Show

The following is the anonymous, personal story shared by a survivor of childhood emotional abuse and the response from one of HCWC’s Children’s Counselors. HCWC currently employs 8 professional counselors that specialize in working with children and teens across our programs. "Having a narcissistic parent can be very rough; especially when you don’t know how to explain your situation as [...]

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Helping Children Process Trauma

As a society we are increasingly exposed to tragic and traumatic events, and unfortunately our children often suffer as a result. Trauma comes in many shapes and sizes. Witnessing violence or an accident. Experiencing violence or abuse. Encountering a man-made or natural disaster. These are all examples of trauma. If you are aware your child has been a part of any of these situations, here [...]

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Demystifying Forensic Exams

Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFEs), sometimes called “rape kits”, are exams on survivors of sexual violence conducted by a specially trained nurse or physician, usually to gather any evidence of the crime that might be present. Not every assault is going to have physical evidence present, but there are other very important benefits to have a SAFE, whether it occurred less than five days ago [...]

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It Takes a Village: The Importance of a Coordinated Community Response to Child Abuse

Child Abuse including sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect impacts children and youth in our communities every day. Locally, the Department of Family and Protective Services reported 363 confirmed cases of child abuse in Hays County in 2022 (Locally, DFPS reported 119 confirmed cases of child abuse in Caldwell County in 2022). As a community everyone plays a role in ensuring children who [...]

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Download Our 2024 Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month Take Action! Toolkit

April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, a time for communities to come together to build caring connections, supportive environments, and positive experiences for all children. Though this is important year-round, April gives us the opportunity to shine a light on child abuse and inspire conversations about how to prevent it. Here are two easy ways to get started with Child Abuse Awareness and [...]

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How Does Violence Affect a Community?

So, What is Violence? Violence is any behavior that has the intent of hurting someone. Violence is stressful on our bodies. Chronic stress increases the chances of heart diseases, mental health issues, and increases the engagement of risky behaviors like alcohol and drug abuse. The health of a community can be affected by violent encounters because you do not need to have a personal connection [...]

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