Child abuse encompasses various forms of abuse, including physical and psychological abuse, sexual violence, and neglect. All of these can have long-term implications for the child's well-being and development. It's important to note that a child may experience multiple forms of abuse simultaneously.
Physical Abuse Physical child abuse involves any intentional act of violence that causes bodily harm or increases the risk of harm to a child. This can include hitting, kicking, biting, scratching, burning, strangling, or other forms of injury. Physical abuse may also involve the administration of harmful substances, deliberate acts to cause illness or injury, excessive shaking, or the failure to provide necessary medical care.
Physical Neglect Physical neglect occurs when parents fail to meet their child's basic physical needs. This can manifest as inadequate nutrition, lack of proper hygiene, insufficient clothing, inadequate supervision, or inadequate medical care. Physical neglect can expose the child to dangerous situations and hinder their development.
Psychological Abuse Psychological abuse involves a chronic pattern of negative expressions by a parent that negatively affects the child's self-esteem. It encompasses behaviors such as repeated belittling, humiliation, ignoring, isolating the child, or constant criticism. Psychological abuse can cause significant emotional damage to the child.
Psychological Neglect Psychological neglect occurs when parents consistently fail to provide the necessary attention and affection a child needs. This includes neglecting the child's basic needs for love, warmth, security, and support. For example, a parent who psychologically neglects their child may refrain from hugging, comforting the child when they are sad, or paying attention when the child seeks it.
Sexual Abuse Sexual abuse refers to the involvement of an adult engaging in sexual acts with a child. It also includes situations where the perpetrator exploits the age difference or power dynamic. Sexual abuse is a grave offense that violates the child's rights and safety.
Police In case of an emergency or a threatening situation, it is important to contact the police immediately. This also applies when you need to report or make a report.
No emergency 917
Report anonymously 108
Child Protection The Curaçao Child Protection Foundation (SKBC) is dedicated to preventing abuse, maltreatment, neglect, and any other form of harm to children and young people. Children may always call Ayudo pa Mucha i Hóben.
918 : Protection for children and young people, free and anonymous.
(+5999) 461 4444: Child protection contact for adults.
Bos di Hubentut The Bos di Hubentut foundation is dedicated to supporting children and young people in Curaçao. If you're facing challenges and need guidance, feel free to reach out to us, and we'll assist you in finding the right direction.
(+5999) 462 4224: For guidance regarding sexual abuse.