Get Help


If you need immediate information you can call one of these 24-hour toll-free hotlines.

  • Rape Abuse & Incest National Network
  • 800-656-4673
  • Childhelp USA
  • 800-422-4453
  • National Domestic Violence/Abuse Hotline
  • 800-799-7233

I’m glad you’re studying child abuse as part of your school work. It’s an issue that’s so important but most people would rather not think about it, let alone study it. Hopefully you will find some of what I’ve provided on my website helpful.

Unfortunately, I do not have enough time to share everything I do know via this website. Nor am I an expert in everything related to child abuse. But I can point you to additional resources that may have what you’re seeking, in cases where my site doesn’t.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students commonly email me to ask the questions below. For each one, I have one or more links to excellent resources on that issue, most from United States government’s Child Welfare Information Gateway.

What are the (main) causes of child abuse?

Risk and protective factors for child abuse and neglect

What are the signs and symptoms of child abuse?

What is Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms – PDF Version

What are the effects of child abuse and neglect on children?

How are alcohol and substance abuse related to child abuse?

No Safe Haven: Children of Substance-Abusing ParentsChild Maltreatment and Alcohol

How can we prevent child abuse?

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect