The Signs of Abuse

Some signs of child abuse are more obvious than others. Here are some common signs of abuse:

  • Has a child’s behavior changed? Do they experience fear, anxiety, depression, aggression or withdrawal?
  • Is the child afraid to go home or to see certain individuals?
  • Is a child showing overly sexualized behavior or using sexual language that is inappropriate for the child’s age?
  • Have you noticed changes in a child’s sleeping patterns including frequent nightmares or difficulty falling asleep? Does the child look tired?
  • Have you noticed changes in school performance and attendance, such as being unable to concentrate in class or frequent absences?
  • Have a child’s eating habits changed leading to weight gain or loss?
  • Do you see signs of visible unexplained injuries such as burns, bruises, or broken bones?
  • Is a child using drugs or alcohol?

When a child has confided in you about their abuse…

  • Keep Calm and tell them you believe them
  • Do not ask them detailed questions about abuse
  • Reassure them that whatever happened is NOT their fault.
  • Call the Abuse Hotline, or Law Enforcement Immediately.
  • If you suspect immediate danger call 911.

Resource Centers

Childhelp USA

Childhelp is a US non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Founded in 1959 as International Orphans, Inc. by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp is one of the largest non-profit child abuse prevention and treatment organizations in the nation.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. NCMEC works with families, victims, private industry, law enforcement, and the public to assist with preventing child abductions, recovering missing children, and providing services to deter and combat child sexual exploitation.

Another Way, Inc.

Another Way shall offer counseling, support, and safe shelter to survivors of domestic and sexual violence; while providing a positive alternative to violence through community education.​

Peaceful Paths

Peaceful Paths is the certified domestic violence center that serves survivors of domestic violence in Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties. Peaceful Paths provides a wide range of services including emergency shelter, 24-hour helpline, victim advocacy, children’s programming, education and training, crisis counseling and support groups, community awareness and intervention, and violence prevention programs.

Partnerships for Strong Families (PFSF)

Tri-County Community Resource Center

PSF’s fourth resource center is our first full-time resource center established outside of Alachua County. The Tri-County Community Resource Center is located in Chiefland, Florida and serves residents of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties residents. The center is staffed by a center manager employed by PSF and aided by several volunteers. TCCRC provides an array of free services and resources that citizens in the communities served have indicated are a need.


Farm Share

Farm Share is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization works daily to make sure that food-insecure Floridians receive the food and support they need.

Legal Services

State Attorney’s Office

The State Attorney is charged under Florida law with being the chief prosecuting officer for his judicial circuit and the counties in it. Florida statutes and criminal rules define those duties, which are primarily focused on criminal offenders. The State Attorney, with his appointed Assistants and other staff, appear in the courts to represent the interests of justice and of the people.

Legal Services

Three Rivers Legal Services

Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. is a non-profit law firm dedicated to the provision of quality legal assistance to the poor, abused, disabled and elderly, and to empowerment through preventive legal education.