Child Abuse in Oregon
The first step toward helping is to recognize signs of child
abuse. Children often can’t or won’t speak up if their parents, caregivers, or third-party
individuals are abusing them. They rely on you and others in the community to
recognize when something isn’t right and to act upon your suspicions in order
to help protect them.
Warning signs include:
Any single concern may or may not mean that abuse is
occurring. But observing any of these indicators –– especially when more than
one is present –– should prompt you to think about what might be happening and
report your suspicions.
Oregon’s children are relying on you and others in the
community to observe, recognize and report concerns of child abuse. For additional information, review the What You Can Do About Child Abuse Guide. For guidance surrounding recognizing the signs of child abuse during the COVID-19 Pandemic, review the Guidance for Helpers in a Virtual Environment infographic.