In 2016, there were 7,454 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect in North Texas – and 58,644 confirmed cases across the state (source: 2017 Beyond ABC report). Child abuse and neglect can have a lasting effect on its victims. Not only is there suffering at the time of abuse, but many victims are shown to experience depression, anxiety, higher rates of early-age drinking and smoking and other health risks.
See the graphic above to recognize signs of physical, emotional or sexual abuse. You can also view more resources and signs of abuse from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, Texas state law requires that you report it. Remember, if you look, ask and tell, you might save a child’s life.
Beyond ABC provides an in-depth look at the quality of life for children in North Texas as measured by four powerful indicators: pediatric health care, education, economic security and safety. Learn more and see the report.
For additional resources on child abuse, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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