Types of Abuse
Abuse comes in many different forms. The information below will help you identify different types of abuse and how the law defines them. Click on the menu below for more information on each topic.
to the non-accidental acts or omissions of the parent or guardian.
Examples of a parental or caretaker behaviors include a pattern of rejecting, isolating, ignoring, corrupting or terrorizing a child.
- Failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, emotional nurturing or health care;
- Failure to provide adequate supervision in relation to a child’s level of development;
- An act of abandonment;
- An act of exploitation;
- An act of reckless endangerment;
- Other dangerous acts such as hitting, kicking, throwing, choking a child or
shaking an infant.
If you suspect a child under the age of 18 is being abused or neglected, or is at risk for abuse or neglect, you should make a report to your local Child Protective Services (CPS) office or call the state-wide CPS Hotline at 1-866-363-4276.
Call the CPS Hotline 1-866-363-4276 or 911 in case of an emergency