It's every parent's nightmare: Someone you trusted--such as another relative, teacher, babysitter, member of the clergy or sports coach--may have hurt your child. If you suspect that your child is the victim of child abuse or neglect, talk to an attorney immediately. Your child's health, safety and welfare are potentially at stake. Experienced child abuse and neglect law firms can help you report the abuser to law enforcement authorities and guide you through the process of a criminal investigation and trial. Your lawyers can also assist you in filing a civil lawsuit against the accused abuser.