National Child Abuse Prevention Month Poster

AUSTIN, Texas – Given our current circumstances involving COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders, along with the stress and anxiety of isolation and economic uncertainty, reports of child abuse are on the rise. In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Bollier Ciccone LLP is sharing warning signs that a child may be in an abusive environment.

“This is a cruel side effect of Covid-19,” says Bollier Ciccone LLP family law attorney, Leslie J. Bollier. “Unfortunately, we see too much abuse during normal times. Now, kids aren’t with teachers, extended family, friends, and neighbors who might normally detect these warning signs. During this time, it is important to be aware that many children and adults are suffering due to abuse in the home.”

The trauma associated with child abuse or neglect is associated with an increased risk of depression and suicide attempts, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, social and educational problems, domestic violence in adulthood, and other chronic illnesses such as heart disease and cancer among others.

In divorce and child custody situations, parents may not be with their child at all times because they share custody. Be aware of the following signs of child abuse and maltreatment:

Neglect

Physical Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Emotional Abuse

Child Abuse

If you think a child is being mistreated, take immediate action. Call the Texas Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-254-5400, or visit TXAbuseHotline.org.

For more information, visit childwelfare.gov or centerforchildprotection.org.

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