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Be Safe: Signs of Abuse

Overview

This resource is part of the be safe collection and provides information regarding potential signs of abuse.

Physical Signs

  • Injuries that cannot be explained (e.g., broken bones,burns, cuts, bruising, missing teeth)
  • Pain from injuries or abrasions
  • Bleeding in the genital or rectal areas
  • Blood on sheets or underwear
  • Yeast or bladder infections
  • STDs or pregnancy

Increased Obedience

  • More eager to please

More Fears

  • Fear of going to school, going home, being in the dark, riding the bus, or certain people or places
  • Stop wanting to be with someone in their life

Changes in school or daycare behavior

  • Difficulty concentrating or less cooperative
  • Younger kids – Stop playing and exploring
  • Older kids – Skip school

Increase in sexual behaviors

  • Sexual acting out
  • Draw sexual pictures that do not fit developmental age
  • Sexual aggression with others

Changes in mood

  • More scared, anxious, upset, angry, depressed,aggressive
  • More withdrawn or outgoing
  • More destructive, angry, or easily upset(especially in nonverbal individuals)

Changes in communication

  • Withdraw or communicate less, or communicatemore
  • Draw violent art to communicate distress

Increased risk taking

  • Experiment with drugs, alcohol, sex, self-abusive behaviors, or run away

Increased anger

  • Younger children – more temper tantrums or crying
  • All ages – More destructive of things
  • Yelling, hitting, or throwing things

Changes in functioning

  • Eat less or eat more
  • Suddenly lose or gain weight
  • Sleep more, sleep less, have nightmares, trouble going to sleep at night, scared to go to sleep
  • Do not wash hair or body,wear same clothes over and over
  • Refuse to take baths or take too many baths
  • More headaches or stomachaches
  • Suck thumb, wet the bed, act more clingy to parent or caregiver

Increase in intensity or frequency of self-stimulation, self-injurious, or repetitive behaviors, or development of new behaviors.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.