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What are some signs and/or indicators of spouse/child abuse?  
Spouse or child abuse can be physical, sexual, or emotional. Physical neglect of a child is also a form of abuse. The most obvious symptoms of abuse are physical ones such as severe bruises, scratches, burns, broken bones and/or internal injuries that could have resulted from being hit, thrown or beaten and often times the reluctance or vagueness about where these injuries originated. Symptoms that a child may have been sexually abused may be precocious behavior, sexual knowledge or behavior that is beyond normal for their age, chaffing around the genitals or other physical signs that may indicate inappropriate touching or behavior has taken place. Emotional abuse is harder to identify, but abused children (or adults) often act withdrawn, quiet and have a lack of self-esteem. Symptoms of physical neglect can be poor physical hygiene to include dirty hair, unwashed clothes or soiled diapers and/or other physical features that are symptomatic of poor nutrition. Note that this list of symptoms is not conclusive. However, if you suspect someone is a victim of spouse abuse, urge the individual to seek professional help. There are a number of agencies that can assist victims of domestic violence, offering confidential counseling, financial, and medical assistance. Contact your local child protective services agency, police, hospital, or emergency hotline if you suspect a child is being abused.
Keywords: Family Advocacy, Spouse, Child

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Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program Verbal
Chain of Command Verbal
Chain of Concern Verbal
Chaplain Verbal
Local Police Verbal
Military Police Verbal
Office on Women's Health in the Dept. of Health and Human Services website Internet
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Staff Judge Advocate Verbal
The Texas Council on Family Violence National Domestic Hotline Internet

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