Signs of Abuse

10 Signs That Hint at Abuse

1. Unexplained injuries, especially burns or bruises in the shapes of objects.

2. Changes in behavior, like becoming more aggressive or withdrawn.

3. Return to earlier behaviors, like thumb-sucking, bed-wetting or fear of the dark.

4. Fear of going home.

5. Changes in eating, which may result in weight gain or loss.

6. Changes in sleeping, including nightmares or difficulty falling asleep.

7. Changes in school performance and attendance.

8. Lack of personal care or hygiene.

9. Risk-taking behaviors, like using drugs or alcohol or carrying a weapon.

10. Inappropriate sexual behaviors or use of explicit sexual language.

Source: New York Times