Warning Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect
Our Attorneys Explain How To Identify Child Abuse and Neglect
How do you know if a child is a victim of child abuse and neglect? Sometimes, it can be very difficult to identify if something is wrong. But often, there are warning signs of abuse and neglect. You simply need to know what to look for and report abuse right away. But that's often easier said than done.
We can help you if you suspect something's wrong. That's because the child neglect and abuse attorneys at The Deratany Firm in Chicago have years of experience handling such complex cases throughout the country. We know what to look for and what to do if you suspect child abuse or child neglect. That's why people often turn to us when faced with these types of complicated situations.
What are the warning signs of child abuse and neglect?
It's not always easy to know if a child is a victim of neglect or abuse. But often, there are signs that something could be wrong:
Warning signs of child abuse:
- Unexplained injuries
- Child flinches or acts scared around others
- Child is especially quiet and withdrawn
Warning signs of child neglect:
- Child is socially withdrawn
- Sudden, extreme change in child's mood
- Sudden change in performance in school
Warning signs of sexual abuse:
- Difficulty sitting or walking
- Blood-stained underwear
- Pain in genital area
If something seems wrong, say something. You often don't even need to give your name. You can often remain anonymous and simply report abuse by calling a hotline for a social services agency such as DCFS, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. You can also contact our firm for more information.
How a child abuse lawyer can help you
Child abuse and neglect cases can be complicated. Sometimes, people are reluctant to do or say anything because they don't want to get involved or don't want to interfere. But the reality is you might be the only one who notices that something is wrong. And by speaking out, you could bring an end to the abuse or neglect.
It's also important to remember that you don't have to deal with this situation on your own. A social services agency can help you. And we can work with you as well to make sure the child being abused or neglected gets the attention he or she deserves. Contact us to learn more about how we can help. Schedule your free consultation with a child abuse attorney who cares.