Recognizing child abuse and neglect: signs and symptoms

The first step in helping abused or neglected children is learning to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect. The presence of a single sign does not prove child abuse is occurring in a family; however, when these signs appear repeatedly, or in combination you should take a closer look at the situation and consider the possibility of child abuse.

Always report if you suspect child abuse:

Richmond County Columbia County Burke County Aiken County, SC
GA DFCS:
1-855-422-4453
GA DFCS:
1-855-422-4453
GA DFCS:
1-855-422-4453
SC DSS:
803.649.1111
Sheriff Dept.:
706.821.1020
Sheriff Dept.:
706.541.1400
Sheriff Dept.:
706.554.2133
Sheriff Dept.:
803.642.1761

For contact numbers in YOUR area, call your local Police Department.

Learn more about recognizing signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect here.


The history of child abuse

Laws regarding "cruelty" were first created for the humane treatment of animals on February 8, 1866. It was not until many years later that children were granted that same consideration. Child labor laws were enacted in 1906, but did not provide protection from other forms of abuse. Without laws specific to child maltreatment, severely abused children would fall under the animal welfare laws as a member of the animal kingdom. 

Learn more about the history of child abuse here.


are children safe?

Child Enrichment is a safe haven for children who have been abused. All of us see the headlines, read the news articles, and watch the television coverage with the gruesome details of child abuse, child abduction, child sexual abuse, and even murder.

Learn more about keeping children safe here.