Preventing Child Abuse

Child abuse experts say the case of an Indiana mother caught on videotape beating her daughter is a disturbing reality. With abuse happening in our community, local counselors are offering prevention advise to all parents.

At the Wausau Family Resource Center, help is available free of charge.

Counselors say it is important for any parent to realize that raising children is challenging. You will be pushed to the limit, but it is critical you react responsibly.

They suggest that if you feel yourself getting frustrated and you are around a child, take a few steps back, take a timeout, go in another room. When you come back a few minutes later you should not feel like striking out on your child.

Parenting classes are also available for free at the Wausau Family Resource Center.

If you suspect a child you know is being abused, you should contact your county Department of Social Services.

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