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Child abuse and neglect are not an isolated occurrence. It happens every single day in our own community, it may even be happening to a child you know. We believe that no child should ever be subjected to the pain of abuse or the lasting emotional trauma it leaves behind.

 

One of the first ways you can help a child who has been abused and neglected is to recognize the signs of child abuse. The presence of one of the signs on the list does not immediately indicate that the child is in an abusive situation. However, if signs are noticed repeatedly or in combination with several others, this could warrant investigating the child’s environment further to check for child abuse. If you suspect that a child is being abused, do not wait to get help. Doing so, helps protect the child as soon as possible and could also help the family involved in the situation.​

The number of children who have been abused or neglected has steadily increased in recent years. According to national statistics, each year, 3.3 million cases of child abuse are reported that involve nearly 6 million children. Many instances of abuse often go unreported, so estimates of the actual number of children living with daily abuse are much higher.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo County sees first-hand the devastating effects that child abuse and neglect can have on children. From the initial investigation to the prosecution and intervention phases of a case, our main goal is to protect the health and well-being of all children being affected by abuse.

If you believe a child you know has been abused, molested, neglected or otherwise maltreated, please report it today. For more information on reporting child abuse, call the Texas Abuse and Neglect Hotline at (800) 252-5400.

GENERAL STATISTICS

  • Every 10 seconds in the United States, child abuse is reported

  • 5 or more children die each day from child abuse

  • 80% of children killed because of child abuse are under age 4

  • An estimated 50-60% of deaths from child abuse do not list abuse as the cause on death certificates

  • Over 90% of children who are sexually abused know their abuser

  • 80% of persons who are 21 years of age and were abused as children meet at least one of the criteria for a psychological disorder

Report Suspected Abuse

Call the Texas Abuse Hotline when the situation is urgent. Urgent means someone faces an immediate risk of abuse or neglect that could result in death or serious harm. Call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 for situations including but not limited to:

  • Serious injuries

  • Any injury to a child 5 years or younger

  • Immediate need for medical treatment (including suicidal thoughts)

  • Sexual abuse where the abuser has or will have access to the victim within the next 24 hours

  • Children age five and under are alone or are likely to be left alone within the next 24 hours

  • Anytime you believe your situation requires action in less than 24 hours

The Department of Family and Protective Services provides this secure website for reporting suspicions of abuse, neglect and exploitation of children. 

 

When to use www.txabusehotline.org

 

 

  • Call the Texas Abuse Hotline (1-800-252-5400) if your situation is urgent and needs to be investigated within 24 hours.

  • Call 911 or your local law enforcement agency if you have an emergency or life-threatening situation that must be dealt with immediately.

DID YOU
Know?

Report Suspected Abuse

Call 1-800-252-5400 or 911

www.txabusehotline.org

Frequently Asked Questions About Reporting Abuse

Please click the button below to be directed to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Examples of FAQs: 

  • I'm not sure what I saw is considered abuse or not.

  • What are Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation?

  • What if I don’t know people’s ages, address, etc?

  • What will I be asked when I make the report?

  • What information should I have ready?

 

Since the center opened in 2000, we have served over 15,000 children who have experienced abuse. 

Child abuse and neglect are not an isolated occurrence. It happens every single day in our own community, it may even be happening to a child you know. We believe that no child should ever be subjected to the pain of abuse or the lasting emotional trauma it leaves behind.​

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