Getting help in Austin, Texas


Definition of Emotional Child Abuse

Emotional abuse is the chronic attitude and acts of a caretaker which involve verbal and non-verbal violence toward a child, sending the child a message that he/she is bad.

Examples of verbal abuse are belittling or name-calling. Examples of non-verbal abuse are withholding love and affection and treating the child differently than other children in the family.


Sexual Child Abuse: infant to 16 years
Physical Child Abuse: 15 and above
Physical Child Abuse: infant to 14 years
Emotional Child Abuse:
Sexual Child Abuse: 17 and above
My family is experiencing violence
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Legal Services Links:
Travis County Attorney's Office
Travis County District Attorney's Office
Legal Aid of Central Texas
Women's Advocacy Project

Social Services Links:
APD Victim Services
TCSO Victim Services
SafePlace: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survival Center
Austin Child Guidance Center

Additional Resources:

Domestic Violence Hotlines and Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Violence Against Women Office

Violence Agaianst Men and Women

Family Violence Awareness Page

Husband Battering

Child Abuse:

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information

Prevent Child Abuse America

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect

Child Abuse Yellow Page

Family Violence

Child Abuse

Traffic Accidents and Fatalities

Legal Support and Information