Trauma can be any event that, when witnessed or experienced by a child or adolescent, is extremely distressing to them. These events are often in situations where the children feared for their lives or the lives of others.
There are many different kinds of trauma including:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Exposure to violence
- Loss of a significant loved one
- Natural disaster
- House fire
- Car accident
What You need to know about reporting abuse
If you suspect that a child or vulnerable adult is being abused or neglected it is better to be safe than sorry in regards to reporting. The most important thing to remember is that you do not have to be certain abuse occurred, that is a job best left to investigators. If you believe that abuse is occurring within a family, Department of Social Services is the best place to refer. The intake number for the Baton Rouge area is (855) 4 LA KIDS. If you are outside of the Baton Rouge Area, please call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD®. If you believe that a law has been broken, no matter the perpetrator, a report should be made to the law enforcement entity where the crime occurred.