Child Abuse

“I was sexually abused by my older brother from age 6 to 13. I still love him as a brother. Is that sick?” – 15-year-old


When we think of child abuse, we may think of someone physically harming a small child. But about one-third of the victims of child abuse are teens. And child abuse includes neglect and emotional abuse, as well as physical and sexual abuse.

Some studies have shown that one in every three girls and one in every six boys become victims of sexual abuse by the age of 18. The abuser usually threatens or blames the victim, so that the victim will keep the abuse a secret. Abusers are usually someone the child knows—a family member or a well-known adult the victim trusts — and they are likely to repeat the abuse. As they do, the violence grows worse.


  • Damage to the skin like burns, cuts, bruises
  • Injury to the genitals or anus
  • Nightmares
  • Fear of certain places or people
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained changes in how the child or teen acts at school or with friends
  • Acting out the abuse with friends or in drawings
  • Excessive masturbation or preoccupation with sex
  • Use of drugs or alcohol to numb out
  • Self-mutilation (burning self with cigarettes, jabbing with pens, etc.)


Emotional Abuse – occurs when the adult(s) in charge frequently or even constantly use screaming, threatening, blaming, sarcasm, putting down as ways to control.

An adult who is always depressed, negative, picking fights with the other members of the household can also be a source of emotional abuse.

Emotional Neglect – occurs when parents ignore children. It may happen because the parents are using drugs or alcohol, or because they have their own problems, but it can have serious effects on children and teens.

Physical Neglect is also a form of child abuse. It occurs when a parent or caretaker fails to provide a child or teen with adequate food, shelter, clothing, protection, supervision and/or medical care.

If you suspect a child or teen you know is being abused, or if you are being abused yourself, call for help. IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT. Keeping the abuse a secret does not help you or anyone else; keeping the secret only causes the cycle of pain and shame to go on and on.

NOTE: Legally, you have certain rights. Among these are the right always to be safe, to have a safe place to live, medical care, food and clean clothing. See Legal Assistance. Also see the Counseling section for additional referral information.


B.A.C.A. Bikers Against Child Abuse

A national organization of bikers ready and willing to empower abused children to feel safe in the world in which they live.

Center for Pacific Asian Family, Inc.

24-hour Crisis Hotline. Counseling services offered to children and teens who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Rape Prevention and Domestic Violence Education is offered to high schools and other community organizations. 

1102 Crenshaw Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90019

7days 24hrs



Child and Family Guidance Center in North Hills

Extensive services, counseling and treatment provided where child abuse, sexual abuse, neglect or domestic violence has occurred or there is risk of occurring. Serves San Fernando Valley.Spanish spoken. Accepts MediCal and health insurance. 

9650 Zelzah Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 91325

M-Th 8:30am-8pm & F 8:30am-5:30pm



Child Protection Hotline of L.A. County

To report abuse. Referrals for counseling and childcare. Bilingual (English and Spanish) 

Los Angeles, CA


Childhelp USA, National Child Abuse Hotline

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential.

4350 E Camelback Rd,
Phoenix, AZ 85018

7 days a week 24 hours


Children’s Institute International

South Bay – 310-783-4677

Treatment, foster care, parent education, and childcare for sufferers of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence. 

2121 W Temple St,
Los Angeles, CA 90026

M-F 8am-9pm & Sat 8am-4:30pm



CPS West, Child Protective Services of Riverside County, Department of Public Social Services of Riverside County

Child abuse Hotline, investigates neglect or abuse of children, provides reports and protective services, counseling, and community resources referrals.

10281 Kidd St,
Riverside, CA 92503


Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services- Child and Family Services

Outpatient clinic provides counseling and mental health services. Outpatient mental health services, using Evidence-Based Treatment practices, are offered for children and youth from birth to 20 years old. Children and youth with attention and behavior problems, exposure to trauma, anxiety, mild to severe depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders and other mental health issues can receive individual, group and family therapy as well as case and medication management. Available at the Glendale, Inglewood, Mar Vista, Metro and S. Mark Taper Foundation sites.

4760 S Sepulveda Blvd,
Culver City, CA 90230

Hours Vary Per Location


Harbor-UCLA Child Crisis Center

Multidisciplinary forensic evaluations of suspected child abuse/sexual abuse for victims 

Torrance, CA

M-F 8am-5pm


House of Ruth

24-hour Crisis Hotline (collect calls accepted): 877-988-5559 Information provided on shelters, crisis intervention, referral and other support services. Short-term safe shelter includes food, clothes, etc. Individual and group counseling, teen support groups and community outreach. No fees.

Claremont, CA

M-F 9am-5pm


Parents Anonymous

Self-help for parents and teens at risk for child abuse, child abuse prevention. Support groups for pregnant and parenting teens.

250 W 1st St,
Claremont, CA 91711

M-F 8am-4:30pm


Peace Over Violence

24 hour hotline: (213) 626-3393

Los Angeles County: (310) 392-8381

West San Gabriel Valley: (626) 793-3385

Counseling for dating violence, rape survivors, child abuse. Phone counseling and referrals. Self-defense classes and teen abuse prevention. 

1015 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90017

M-F 9am-5pm (by appointment)



Stuart House

Located at Santa Monica ULCA Medical Center FREE treatment. Bilingual. Immediate assistance and treatment for victims and families including examinations, counseling, medical care, and crisis intervention. 

1250 16th St,
Santa Monica, CA 90404

M-F 8am-6pm


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