(WXOW) – The scope of the problem remains in focus as April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. The Family & Children’s Center helps illustrate some signs of abuse.
There can be many signs that point to abuse, but the key, Vanessa Southworth said is to know the “baseline” behavior for a child. That way, she said if something seems amiss, it’s easier to recognize. This can also hold true for parents. If parental or guardian behavior seems “off,” Southworth said it’s important to speak up.
She added that even if there’s nothing wrong, by letting the experts know if you think abuse might be happening, you’re putting things in the hands of professionals who are qualified and have the resources to investigate. Anyone can report possible abuse to authorities, but there are mandated reporters, like teachers, who are obligated to share their concerns.
For resources, you can always visit the Family & Children’s Center website at fcconline.org.