Child abuse is doing something or failing to do something that results in harm to a child or puts a child at risk of harm. Child abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional. Neglect, or not providing for a child's needs, is also a form of abuse.
Most abused children suffer greater emotional than physical damage. An abused child may become depressed. He or she may withdraw, think of suicide or become violent. An older child may use drugs or alcohol, try to run away or abuse others.
Child abuse is a serious problem. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call the police or your local child welfare agency.
- Child Abuse: The Hidden Bruises (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) Available in Spanish
- Understanding Child Trauma (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Available in Spanish
- What Is Child Abuse and Neglect? Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms (Children's Bureau) - PDF
- Fewer U.S. Kids Die from Abusive Head Trauma: CDC (05/26/2016, HealthDay)
- Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse (American Psychological Association)
- Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) (Nemours Foundation) Available in Spanish
- Acts of Omission: An Overview of Child Neglect (Children's Bureau)
- Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome (Nemours Foundation)
- Shaken Baby Syndrome (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) - Short Summary Available in Spanish
- Understanding Child Traumatic Stress (National Child Traumatic Stress Network) Available in Spanish
Statistics and Research
- Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities: Statistics and Interventions (Children's Bureau)
- Child Maltreatment Prevention (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System Glossary (Family and Youth Services Bureau)
- Going to a Psychologist, Psychiatrist, or Therapist (Nemours Foundation) Available in Spanish
- How to Handle Abuse (Nemours Foundation) Available in Spanish
- Helping Yourself Heal: A Recovering Man's Guide to Coping with the Effects of Childhood Abuse (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) - PDF
- Helping Yourself Heal: A Recovering Woman's Guide to Coping with Childhood Abuse Issues (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) - PDF Available in Spanish