This online brochure from the HELP Brochure Series of the federal Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) addresses the characteristics of the offense of child abuse, identifies victimization needs that frequently occur in child abuse, and provides information on services available for child-abuse victims and how to access them.
The brochure indicates that child abuse occurs when an adult - usually a parent, family member, caretaker, or someone close to the family - "hurts a child or teen, makes that child feel worthless, has sexual contact with him or her, or does not provide adequate food, care, or shelter." Various types of child abuse described include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. Because victims who have experienced abuse over time may not perceive that they are being victimized, the brochure explains to users how to recognize if they are being abused. The brochure then provides information on the importance of victims recognizing they are being abused and receive appropriate help. The kinds of services that may be needed are described. Access information is provided for the ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline, along with contact information for other resources for information and assistance.