Getting help in Austin, Texas


Definition of Physical Child Abuse

Physical abuse is "Physical injury that results in substantial harm to the child, or the genuine threat of substantial harm from physical injury to the child, including an injury that is at variance with the history or explanation given and excluding an accident or reasonable discipline that does not expose the child to a substantial risk of harm."

Law enforcement investigates cases of serious bodily injury to a child, such as broken bones, head injuries, etc. Milder forms of physical abuse are investigated by Child Protective Services.


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Physical Child Abuse
Emotional Child Abuse
Sexual Child Abuse
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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

Definitions of Abuse

Legal Support and Information

Emergency Response Teams