Signs of Child Abuse

Here are some indicators of child abuse, certainly this is not an all-inclusive list. Not by a long shot. In any case, some signs that a child is experiencing abuse are more obvious than others. Trust your instincts. Suspected abuse is enough of a reason to contact authorities. You do not need proof. Behavioral Signs Include: Acting out sexually, or …

Suicide Statistics Continue To Rise

Current research suggests that suicide ideation and attempts among adolescents have nearly doubled since 2008 (Plemmons et al., 2018). As of 2014, suicide rates in the United States were 24% higher than in 1999, an increase for both males and females ages 75 and younger (Curtin, Warner, & Hedegaard, 2016). From 1993 to 2012, school-aged suicide trends have stayed relatively …

Statistics on Yearly Child neglect/Abuse/Assault

Worldwide, approximately 40 million children below the age of 15 are subjected to child abuse each year. The statistics continue to hit high numbers: Studies from many countries in all regions of the world suggest that up to 80 to 98 % of children suffer physical punishment in their homes, with a third or more experiencing severe punishment resulting from …

Your Child and the Internet

The Internet can be wonderful for kids. They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games. But online access also comes with risks, like inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and online predators. Using apps and websites where kids interact, predators may pose as a child or teen looking to make a new friend. …

What is a Child Advocate?

A child advocate is responsible for providing assistance to children and families in crisis. Courts commonly appoint child advocates to speak on the behalf of children whose welfare may be in question, such as in cases of neglect and abuse. Volunteer child advocates must take training courses through an advocacy agency. Salaried advocates are trained social workers with at least …

Seeking Shelter

Staying in a domestic violence shelter may be part of your safety plan. If you’re in an abusive relationship and considering your options, it can be very helpful to locate the safe shelters that are near you. Depending on where you live, you may be able to find a shelter within your town or city, or you may have to …

Why We Don’t Recommend Couples Counseling for Abusive Relationships

Therapy can be very effective for some couples who are working through difficult relationship issues. However, if abuse is present in the relationship, we do not recommend that couples seek counseling together. In order for couples counseling to be successful, both partners must be willing to take responsibility for their actions and make adjustments to their behavior. Abusive people want …

Best Practices for Supporting and Educating Students Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence or Sexual Victimization

Students exposed to potentially traumatic experiences often demonstrate emotional and behavioral difficulties that dramatically interfere with their ability to engage in school. Such characteristics can both negatively impact the educational experiences of traumatized students and present significant challenges for the teachers tasked with supporting them. However, these same teachers are in a unique position to create a compassionate, encouraging environment …