How do I know if a child is being abused? Just because a child has bruises does not mean that he or she is abused. The most important thing is to look for is a pattern of abuse. Here are some of the signs to look for:
Injuries to eyes or both sides of the head or body. Accidental injuries typically only affect one side of the body.
Frequently appearing injuries such as bruises, cuts or burns. These may appear as grab marks, human bite marks, cigarette burns
Destructive, aggressive or disruptive behavior
Fear of going home
Symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases
Injury to genital area
Difficulty or pain when sitting or walking
Sexually suggestive, inappropriate behavior or verbalization
Sexual victimization of other children.
Obvious malnourishment, listlessness or fatigue
Stealing or begging for food
Poor personal hygiene, torn and/or dirty clothes
Need for glasses, dental care or other medical attention
Frequent absence from or tardiness to school
Child inappropriately left unattended or without supervision