Winfield Child Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
Child abuse and neglect cases have escalated in West Virginia amidst the drug epidemic and economic decline in the state. These issues are part of the reason we opened our firm in Winfield, WV. The terrible realities some children face in their home lives deserve dedicated legal attention. It is our mission at Johnson Law Office to help end child cruelty, mental abuse, physical harm, sexual abuse, exploitation, and neglect.
At the same time, we strive to defend parents and legal guardians falsely accused of neglect or abuse. These are life-changing allegations that require experienced defense attorneys. Whichever side of the spectrum you’re on, come to our firm for counsel. We take this area of family law incredibly seriously.
Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect
The first step in putting an end to child abuse and neglect is detecting the issue. There are many signs parents and guardians can look for, both physical and emotional – unexplained injuries, strange bruising, and issues using the bathroom can all point to physical and sexual abuse in children. Changes in behavior, such as withdrawal from favorite activities, depression, and anxiety, may indicate a problem. Red flags for a neglected child include malnutrition, poor personal hygiene, low performance at school, and emotional issues.
It is vital to notice signs of child abuse and neglect as soon as possible. If you believe a child is being abused, you may contact an attorney to discuss these issues. There are also many resources available, including child advocacy groups, the WV D+HHR, the YWCA Domestic Violence Services, or the authorities, if appropriate. The West Virginia Bureau for Children and Families will investigate your allegations and take action to protect the child if appropriate. If someone has falsely accused you of child neglect or abuse, retain an attorney right away.
Johnson Law Office has decades of experience in this facet of family law and can help you protect your rights and keep your family together. Contact us today.