We understand that abuse and neglect can be a very difficult situation to deal with, regardless of whether it’s occurring in the home or outside of it (i.e. school, church, care facility). But, when the violence involves a child or teenager, you must realize they do not have the choice of avoiding the confrontation, moving out or ignoring the pain and suffering they are being forced to encounter. One of the most important things you can do is say something, whether it is to a person close to the family experiencing the abuse or neglect or to the appropriate authorities, not talking to anyone will never solve the problem.
Child abuse and neglect have the potential to inflict lifelong effects for victims, including their well-being. Although their physical wounds may heal, there are a number of long-term consequences after experiencing traumatic abuse or neglect. Childhood trauma cause cognitive delays, emotional difficulties as well as negatively affecting nervous systems and immune system development.
Abuse and neglect is not restricted to the home; children can also be physically and emotionally abused by teachers and others in a position of power outside the home, including churches, nursing homes, long term care centers, day care providers, and disabled children centers, to name a few.