One Place of the Shoals

200 West Tennessee St.

Florence, AL 35630

256-284-7600

info@oneplaceoftheshoals.org

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Child Sexual & Physical Abuse

When a Child Discloses Abuse:

 

  • Remain calm. Do not express shock, panic, or disbelief.

 

  • Do not interview the child.

 

  • Do listen. Ask just enough questions to know how to protect your child.

 

  • Reassure the child they have done the right thing by telling you.

 

  • Make the child feel safe.

 

  • If you get upset, your child will get upset.

 

  • Do not make promises you cannot keep.

 

  • Do not promise a child you will not tell.

 

  • Explain to the child that you need to make sure they are alright and are safe.

 

 

  • Do not contact the abuser.

 

  • If this is an emergency, call 911.

One Place can provide you with the following services:

 

  • Understanding staff

 

  • Child-friendly environment

 

  • A Forensic Interview

 

  • Medical Exam, if needed

 

  • Counseling

 

  • Investigators on site

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