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The following may be an indication that a child needs assistance. If you believe a child is experiencing one or more of these indications, please call DCYF Intake at (800) 894-5533.

Signs of Physical Abuse

  • Bruises, welts, burns that cannot be sufficiently explained
  • Injuries on places where children don't usually get hurt (the back, neck, back of legs, face)
  • Repeated injuries
  • Withdrawn, fearful or extreme behavior

Signs of Sexual Abuse

  • Difficulty walking or sitting
  • Pain or itching in the genital area
  • Torn, stained or bloody underclothing
  • Frequent complaints of stomachaches or headaches
  • Chronic depression
  • Withdrawal
  • Feeling threatened by physical contact
  • Inappropriate sex play or premature understanding of sex
  • Running away from home

Signs of Emotional Injury

  • Inability to play as most children do
  • Sleep problems
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Behavioral extremes
  • Lags in emotional and intellectual growth
  • Self destructive feelings or behavior

Signs of Neglect

  • Chronically dirty
  • Chronic school absences
  • Dress inadequate for weather
  • Left alone at home or without supervision
  • Left in the care of siblings too young or unable to baby-sit
  • Often fatigued - even falling asleep in school
  • Hunger
  • Self destructive feelings or behavior
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