The effects of child abuse can be felt by the victim for many years after the incident occurred. These effects can follow a person into adulthood in some cases, which often results in mental health issues, problems with personal relationships, and behavioral conflicts.
Hurting a child may be unconscionable, but it unfortunately occurs on a frequent basis. And while pursuing a civil remedy can’t change what occurred, it does show the child victim that there are good people in the world willing to stand up for them. That is our goal at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. We’re diligent about holding the guilty party accountable for their abusive or neglectful actions, and we’re even more passionate about protecting children and making certain they have what they need to overcome obstacles and thrive.
Signs of Child Abuse
Child abuse is not always wholly evident to others. In some cases, the abuser goes to great lengths to ensure their behaviors are concealed. That’s why people must remain vigilant when children exhibit the following signs:
- Increased aggression and hostility
- Onset of phobias and anxiety
- Lack of interest in friends and hobbies
- Unexplained injuries
- Lack of self-esteem
- Poor hygiene
- Avoidance of situations that trigger reminders of the abuse
The parent, guardian, or foster parent responsible for the ill-treatment afforded to a child can also exhibit behaviors that indicate abuse. In contrast to a typical parental impulse, abusive or neglectful parents express little to no concern for the well-being of their children. Disciplinary measures may seem extreme, whether they involve corporal punishment or harsh restrictions on the child’s life. Abusive parents also belittle their children or subject them to insults and criticisms on a regular basis.
Why Legal Counsel Is So Important
It is important that child victims of abuse are immediately taken out of an unsafe environment and must have their rights protected. This is exactly what an attorney can do. Our team at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. ensures the best interests of the child at the heart of our representation at all times. We aggressively advocate for the full protection and safety of all children throughout New Mexico through a trauma-informed manner. We have decades experience and expertise representing the rights of children.
Please call 505-343-1776 to schedule a consultation today. If you have questions about our legal services or what to expect, feel free to contact us.