WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU SUSPECT CHILD ABUSE ?
1. Listen and believe. Don’t Judge: One of the most hurtful things to a child is when the child discloses abuse and is not believed.
2. Ask only four questions and refrain from other questions to keep from making them feel like they are being interrogated.
- What happened?
- Who did this to you?
- Where were you when this happened?
- When did this happen?
3. Provide safety and Reassure The Child that it is not his or her fault. Do not send the child back into the battle zone, if you can help it. One of the most common complaints that abused children have is “______ should have kept me safe!”
4. Take Action. Report the abuse to the police and to child protective services and let them investigate. You can make the report anonymously, if you would like.