Empowering those affected by violence.

Child Abuse Resources

PAVE's Children's Advocacy Team provides safety planning, options counseling and support groups to both direct victims of child abuse and to children affected by witnessing violence within their home for ages newborn to 17.  Non-offending parents also can receive information and support on parenting during and after violence.

Important Phone Numbers

 National Child Abuse Hotline


Other Information

Symptoms of Children Witnessing Abuse Can Include:
  • Aggression
  • Regression
  • Injury
  • Depression
  • Withdrawl
  • Low self-esteem
  • Acting out
  • Anxiety
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Violence perpetrated on children creates cycles of violence...

  • 50% of girls who witness domestic violence will find themselves in an abusive relationship of their own later in life.
  • 80% of boys who witness domestic violence will grow up to perpetuate domestic violence onto their partner later in life.
Reporting Child Abuse
  • Child abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual or neglect.
  • Reporting to Child Protective Services (CPS) may or may not make the situation worse for the child.  For example, if CPS comes to the home to investigate and does not find enough abuse to remove the child from the home, the child may have to suffer the consequences for the investigation, resulting in more severe abuse.  Please take this into consideration if you are considering making a report.
  • You do not need proof to report child abuse.  Reasonable belief that abuse is occurring or has occurred is enough to make a report. 
  • If you are a mandated reporter, you must report child abuse.  Some mandated reporters include: teachers, day care providers, doctors, guidance counselors and police officers.  PAVE staff are not mandatory reporters.
  • On average, it takes three calls to CPS before action is taken.  Of course, action depends on the severity of each case.
  • Anyone can call CPS and remain anonymous.
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is a form of child abuse and can be fatal. Early signs can include irritability, vomiting, sleepiness, feeding problems, dilated pupils, poor muscle tone and seizures.