Signs of Child Abuse: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has some tips for recognizing abuse.

Some physical abuse signs are: unexplained injuries, such as bruises, broken bones, or burns. Injuries that don’t match the given explanation, and injuries that aren’t compatible with the child’s developmental ability.

Some sexual abuse signs: sexual behavior or knowledge that’s inappropriate for the child’s age, genital pain, bleeding, or injury, and statements by the child that he or she was sexually abused.

Emotional abuse signs: social withdrawal or loss of interest/enthusiasm, appears to desperately seek affection, loss of previously acquired developmental skills.

Neglect signs: poor growth and/or poor personal cleanliness, lack or clothing or supplies to meet physical needs, hoarding or stealing food.

If you suspect child abuse, please contact your local law enforcement agency or contact the Iowa Department of Human Services.