Ways to Detect Child Abuse
When a child has accidentally injured themselves, the bruise or mark usually appears on bony parts of the body, limited to one side. Also, the child’s story is consistent with the injury.
A child receiving emotional abuse may exhibit behaviors like severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal and improper aggressive behavior. For this charge to be made, these behaviors must be caused by acts or omissions of a parent or caretaker. A psychiatrist or a psychologist must diagnose emotional abuse.
Defined by a lack of necessary food, housing, supervision or medical care, neglect must be evaluated within the context of cultural standards; these may differ from those prevailing in the community.
Important Numbers for Children in Crisis:
NFHC Youth Shelter: (928) 527-1800
Arizona Child Abuse Hotline (888) 767-2445
Flagstaff Police Dept. Non-Emergency Line (928) 774-1414
Sheriff’s Department (928) 774-4523