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One Place of the Shoals

200 West Tennessee St.

Florence, AL 35630


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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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