Signs and symptoms of child abuse tend to be subtle. Sometimes the child may show no physicals signs at all, so it’s important to note changes in behavior or routine. Below are some of the most telling signs to look for:

  • Alterations in emotional behavior
  • Difficulty sleeping or changes in sleeping patterns
  • Mysterious or unexplained injuries
  • Reverting to less mature behavior
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Fear of going home/seeing a particular person
  • Changes in performance and/or attendance at school
  • Inappropriate sexual behaviors
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Presence of or increase in risky behavior

To report suspected child abuse in Texas,
call 1-800-252-5400, or file a report online at