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Handbook for parents & guardians in child abuse & neglect cases (PDF)
Manual para padres et tutores en caso de abuso y negligencia de menores (PDF)

        Abuse, especially if ongoing, can be physically and mentally harmful. It almost always results in psychological damage to its victims. Abuse can lead to increased anxiety and stress, low self-esteem and mental illnesses including major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
        Prolonged abuse may also put victims at risk for substance abuse or dependence, high-risk sexual behaviors (e.g., unprotected sex, multiple sex partners), poor
health, poor academic or work performance, suicidal ideation and untimely death.
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The Florence Crittenton Agency, first chartered in 1896, is a 55-bed comprehensive treatment facility for troubled young women in crisis or at risk.
The Crittenton Program provides residential care and counseling for pregnant and non-pregnant teens. Outreach services are also provided for teens with behavioral and emotional difficulties and families in crisis. Foster care services provide caring  homes for teens in our care.
We also provide care for  substance abuse counseling,  to help young women live independently and productively.
Outreach programs operated by the Agency include a teen pregnancy prevention program (STARS), and child and parenting skills training (CAPS).
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Legal Statutes: Tennessee 36-3-601 Definitions
(1) "Abuse" means inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on an adult or minor by other than accidental means, placing an adult or minor in fear of physical harm, physical restraint, malicious damage to the personal property of the abused party, including inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by an adult or minor, or placing an adult or minor in fear of physical harm to any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by such adult or minor... More


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Haven House is a nonprofit organization in Maryville, Tennessee, dedicated to provide support to victims and survivors of domestic violence and education to the community with the hope of preventing future abuse.
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Abuse Information & Answers
Child sexual abuse is the exploitation or coercion of a child. Child sexual abuse involves a continuum of behavior that ranges from verbal, non-physical abuse to forcible touching offenses. It can range from a single encounter with an exhibitionist, to confusing occasional fondling by a casual acquaintance, to years of ongoing abuse by a relative or family member, to rape and/or exploitation through prostitution and pornography...

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Tennessee Law and Reporting Abuse
     According to Tennessee law, ALL persons must report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. This includes doctors, police, teachers, parents, mental health professionals, child care providers, dentists, family members and friends.
      In Tennessee, if you have “reasonable cause to believe” a child is being abused or neglected you must report that suspicion to the state Department of Children’s Services or law enforcement-and you are required by law to do it immediately.  Failure to report is a misdemeanor.
Do not attempt to conduct your own investigation. Report your suspicions to the proper authorities. It is the role of the state Department of Children’s Services or law enforcement to investigate the report. However,
all reports do not meet the criteria for investigation. If you suspect additional abuse after the initial report has been made, report that as well.
      As a mandated reporter you are protected by the state in terms of liability and confidentiality. Reporters who “act in good faith” are immune from any civil or criminal liability.

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Do you have knowledge or suspicion regarding child abuse or neglect?
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Medical/Legal Line: 1-877-237-0026 - Case Managers: 1-877-237-0034
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I came across this story while searching the subject of mental and physical abuse. The reason for my search was that I have seen so many young women living in fear of an abusive or threatening boyfriend or spouse. Over the years of watching friends of my kids from their early years in kindergarten, on to high school and beyond I have known many to become involved in abusive relationships with many of them feeling there is no way out.
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What Is Child Abuse
Child abuse and neglect occurs when a child is mistreated, resulting in injury or risk of harm. Abuse can be physical, verbal, emotional or sexual.

Physical Abuse is non-accidental physical trauma or injury inflicted by a parent or caretaker on a child. It also includes a parent's or a caretaker's failure to protect a child from another person who perpetrated physical abuse on a child. In its most severe form, physical abuse is likely to cause great bodily harm or death.

Physical Neglect is the failure to provide for a child's physical survival needs to the extent that there is harm or risk of harm to the child's health or safety. This may include, but is not limited to abandonment, lack of supervision, life endangering physical hygiene, lack of adequate nutrition that places the child below the normal growth curve, lack of shelter, lack of medical or dental that results in health threatening conditions, and the inability to meet basic clothing needs of a child. In its most severe form, physical neglect may result in great bodily harm or death.

Sexual Abuse includes penetration or external touching of a child's intimate parts, oral sex with a child, indecent exposure or any other sexual act performed in a child's presence for sexual gratification, sexual use of a child for prostitution, and the manufacturing of child pornography. Child sexual abuse is also the willful failure of the parent or the child's caretaker to make a reasonable effort to stop child sexual abuse by another person.

Emotional Abuse includes verbal assaults, ignoring and indifference or constant family conflict. If a child is degraded enough, the child will begin to live up to the image communicated by the abusing parent or caretaker.

Child abuse can happen anywhere -- in poor, middle-class or well-to-do homes, in rural or urban areas


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