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:
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.
For more tips on spotting child abuse, go to:
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:
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 MyFLFamilies.com: