To report a case of child abuse, call the Abuse Hotline at 1 800 96ABUSE Learn More
Located at the Marilyn Kapner Levin Center for Children’s Advocacy and Child Abuse Prevention and the Allen R. Levin Family Advocacy and Education Wing

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Recognizing child abuseA little knowledge could save a child's life

Every year in Escambia County over 4300 reports of suspected child abuse are received by the Department of Children and Families. Child abuse comes in many forms – physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect – and recognizing child abuse isn't easy. Some possible signs of child abuse are:

  • Any change in a child's behavior
    • an outgoing child becomes withdrawn or vice versa
    • a child's grades start dropping
    • a child is unable to sleep
    • a child regresses to an earlier stage of development, such as bed-wetting
    • a child becomes fearful
    • a child displays self-harm or aggression to other children
  • Frequent bruises or broken bones
  • Frequent absences
  • Social isolation
  • Inadequate hygiene

The thing to remember is that it is NOT your job to KNOW whether abuse is occurring or not – it is your job to report ANY concerns. Under Florida law, anyone who suspects a child may be abused or neglected has a legal responsibility to report it. Make the call, get a professional set of eyes and ears on that child, and save a life.

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Reporting abuse

It's mandatory under Florida to report abuse if you see it happening or suspect that it's occurring. Abuse may be reported by calling the Abuse Hotline at:

Telephone: 1-800-962-2873
TDD (Telephone Device for the Deaf): 1-800-453-5145

* This toll free number is available 24/7; counselors are waiting to assist you.
Learn about fax and web reporting options by following this link to

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