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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and it’s a time for raising awareness that it takes communities and families working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

Every eight minutes a child in Texas becomes a victim of abuse or neglect, and every 41 hours a child in Texas dies from abuse or neglect.

In the United States, there are over 3 million cases of confirmed child abuse every year. Most all of these cases began with someone reporting a suspicion. After the suspicion or allegation is reported, it’s up to professionals to check through the facts.

If child abuse is suspected, call the Texas hotline at 800-252-5400 or go online to Call with any facts you have such as the child’s or children’s names, where they live, etc., and then report what was seen or heard.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time when communities and families are encouraged to become knowledgeable about child abuse … what does it look like, what are the signs and symptoms, and what can be done.

For more information about types of abuse, neglect or exploitation of children, go online to