Child abuse is not something that should be taken lightly. Child abuse is when someone, whether through action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional harm, or risk of serious harm to a child. Dealing with these troubles can make one shut down and not express what he/she is feeling with others. Signs of child abuse consists of: increased absence from school, withdrawal from friends/loved one, changes in behavior such as aggression, anger and or depression.
For those who may be aware of child abuse going on, therapy is always a great place to build open communication. A child’s trust has to be rebuilt in order to try and cope with the damage done.
In 2015, Florida had 217,895 total referrals for child abuse and neglect. Of those, 160,733 reports were referred for investigation.8
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