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Possible Signs of Child Abuse

Every year in Escambia County, over 8,000+ 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.

  • 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    • an outgoing child becomes withdrawn or vice versa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

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