Child Maltreatment is an act by a family member or caretaker and includes several forms of ABUSE (physical, sexual, and emotional), as well as NEGLECT. It is associated with developmental delay, lower school achievement, juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, mental health problems, and long-term physical, social, and emotional problems - even death. What can you do? Report it!
- If you are concerned about a possible maltreatment situation, contact the
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). All calls are confidential.
- Army resources: for a Service Member's child, Army installations offer social and behavioral advocates that can be found by searching for "child abuse" and applying filters in the
Army's Community Resource Guide.
- For a non-Service Member's child, you may call 911 or your local police.
- Preventing child abuse and neglect, click HERE for resources.
Youth Violence is the intentional use of physical force or power to threaten or harm others by young people ages 10-24. Youth violence can include fighting, bullying, etc. Bullying is violence on a child by other children/teenagers including physical abuse (hitting, kicking, and tripping or damaging property) and/or verbal abuse (name-calling and teasing, spreading rumors, leaving out of a group). Done through phones/computers, it's called electronic bullying or cyberbullying.
Is your child being bullied - or being a bully? Visit the CDC's Preventing Bullying or Stop Bullying websites for additional resources.