Every year tens of thousands of children are subject to child abuse, which can take the form of physical or sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment or mental injury. Many more continue to suffer because the abuse is never reported. Reporting abuse is simple and confidential. Even if you do not have all of the information about the child’s case, you can still report abuse. Your information could be critical to saving a child’s life. 

If you suspect a child is being neglected or abuse, please call the Illinois’ Child Abuse Hotline at 800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873).

Don’t Miss the Signs of Abuse

Signs that an infant may be a victim of abuse:

Failure to thrive
Dull and inactive
Excessively passive
Bruises on buttocks, thighs or torso
Squeeze or pinch marks
Fractures and/or dislocation 

Signs that a child may be a victim of abuse:

Unusual fearfulness
Lack of hygiene or inappropriate dress
Frequent injuries
Delayed emotional, intellectual or language development
Feeding disorders
Self-inflicted pain
Sleep disorders 
Lack of eye contact
Poor socialization
Acting out in school
Unexplained scars or bruises
Many school absences 

Signs that a teen may be a victim of abuse:

Overly aggressive
Overly passive or compliant
Suicide attempts
Substance abuse
Burns, bruises or welts
Fractures or dislocation
Running away
Sexually transmitted diseases
Recurring urinary tract infections
Pregnancy in a young teen
Poor hygiene or inappropriate dress
Frequent school absences
Eating disorders  

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