Types of Abuse

african baby close upChild abuse can take place anywhere - at home, school, public places - wherever a child goes or interacts with others. It can take several forms, and cause long-lasting scars on the body of the child, as well as the mind. Child abuse can present itself in many forms some signs are not obvious or visible.
The main types of abuse seen at our centers are:
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Emotional
  • Neglect
  • Witnessing Domestic Violence


If you suspect abuse, or just need to talk to someone about what you have seen or heard, please have courage and report it. Click here to find out how. 

The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), (42 U.S.C.A. §5106g) defines child abuse and neglect as, at minimum:

- Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or

- An act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.