Preventing Child Abuse
It's hard to talk or even think about child abuse – but child abuse and neglect are simply too destructive to be ignored.
In a recent year:
- 172 Texas children died because of abuse or neglect at the hands of their parents or guardians.
- 289,796 children were confirmed victims of abuse or neglect.
- 19,864 children were removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.
Building a Strong Community
Get to know your neighbors.
- Develop friendly relationships with your neighbors and their children and grandchildren.
- Make your neighborhood your extended family. People feel better and safer when support is nearby.
Help out a family under stress.
- Offer to babysit, help with chores, or run errands.
- Suggest resources in the community such as faith community leaders, doctors, and teachers.
Volunteer in the community.
Get involved in a local school.
- Join the parent-teacher organization.
- Attend school events such as plays, sporting events, and music performances.
- Start a neighborhood watch.
Source: US Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau
How to Report Abuse
In Texas, you have two ways to report child abuse or neglect. [learn more]