Despite our best efforts, child abuse continues to occur in Lake & Sumter Counties. Over 850 child victims accessed the services at our center during the past year.

The best way to prevent further child abuse is by knowing the signs of child abuse and what programs are available through your CAC. You can also help by sharing this information with others and raising awareness in your community about child abuse.


Signs of Child Abuse

The following is a brief list of the signs of child abuse. Keep in mind that these signs can be subtle. For more information call the CAC at (352) 323-8303 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Changes in behavior
  • Returning to earlier behaviors
  • Fear of going home
  • Changes in eating
  • Changes in sleeping
  • Changes in school performance and attendance
  • Lack of personal care of hygiene
  • Risk-taking behaviors
  • Inappropriate sexual behaviors