Child abuse is defined as” doing something or failing to do something that results in harm to a child or puts a child at risk of harm.” Abuse can take many forms including physical, sexual, emotional, or neglect (not providing for a child's needs). Children suffering from abuse can experience greater emotional than physical damage. Effects of child abuse may include depression, substance abuse, thoughts of suicide, violence, or abuse of others.
If you suspect a child is being abused call you local law enforcement agency. You can also contact the Wyoming Department of Family Services.
If you have concerns about someone you know being abused and wish to make a report, please make a Safe2Tell report by calling 1-844-996-7233 or by using the Safe2Tell Wyoming tip line.
Additional resources to learn more about child abuse and neglect:
1 Source: US National Library of Medicine. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childabuse.html