Counselor’s Office

Dimitri Starovic

AHS Counselor

Mailing Address:

236 County Road 2429

Alto, Texas 75925

dstarovic@alto.esc7.net

Phone 936-858-7113

Fax 936-858-4387

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Resources

Bullying Resources

Child Abuse

Report Abuse
  • By Phone: 1-800-252-5400
  • Online: https://www.txabusehotline.org/Login/Default.aspx

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has a central place to report:

  • Child abuse and neglect.
  • Abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and exploitation of the elderly or adults with disabilities living at home.
  • Abuse of children in child-care facilities or treatment centers
  • Abuse of adults and children who live in state facilities or are being helped by programs for people with mental illness or intellectual disabilities. These are run by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) or Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).

Texas law says anyone who thinks a child, or person 65 years or older, or an adult with disabilities is being abused, neglected, or exploited must report it to DFPS. A person who reports abuse in good faith is immune from civil or criminal liability. DFPS keeps the name of the person making the report confidential. Anyone who does not report suspected abuse can be held liable for a misdemeanor or felony. Time frames for investigating reports are based on the severity of the allegations. Reporting suspected abuse makes it possible for a family to get help.

Call Abuse Hotline toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, nationwide, or report with our secure website and get a response within 24 hours.

  • Texas Abuse Hotline Website

    The Department of Family and Protective Services provides a secure website for reporting suspicions of abuse, neglect and exploitation of children, adults with disabilities, or people 65 years or older.

    Use this website to report situations that do not need to be investigated right away. It may take more than 48 hours to process online reports due to high volume.

    For urgent or emergency situations call:

    1-800-252-5400 or 911

  • Recognizing Signs of Child Abuse

Dating & Relationship Violence: Prevention & Awareness

  • Teen Dating Violence is a pattern of emotional, verbal, sexual, or physical abuse used by one person in a current or past dating relationship to exert power and control over another when one or both of the partners is a teenager. Abuse may include insults, coercion, social sabotage, sexual harassment, stalking, threats and/or acts of physical or sexual abuse. The abusive partner uses this pattern of violent and coercive behavior to gain power and maintain control over the dating partner. This may also include abuse, harassment, and stalking via electronic devices such as cell phones and computers, and harassment through a third party, and may be physical, mental, or both. In Teen Dating Violence relationships, there are Three Important Roles:

    • The Abuser - A person who physically, sexually, verbally or emotionally hurts a dating partner.
    • The Victim - A person who is hurt physically, sexually, verbally or emotionally by a dating partner.
    • The Bystander - A person who is aware that someone is being abused in a dating relationship. The bystander may become aware of the abuse through the abuser's or target's actions or words, or through second-hand information.

     

    Young adult dating violence is an increasing problem, affecting youth in every community across the nation.

    • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
    • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
    • One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
    • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
    • Among female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of those age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
    • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
    • The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.

     

    National Teen Domestic Violence Hotline

    1-866-331-9474 or Text "loveis" to 22522

Drug & Alcohol Awareness & Prevention

Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or have already started using drugs and alcohol. Learn the facts about drugs and drug abuse and what you can do to prevent your children from starting to take drugs.

Internet / Cyber Safety

Self-Injury

What is self-injury? A deliberate act to injure the body as a way of coping with emotional distress or discomfort.

How are kids injuring? There are many ways to injure. Popular methods among kids are cutting, scratching, burning, hitting, or over medicating themselves.

Why do kids injure? To communicate emotional pain to others, to distract themselves from emotional distress, or to feel something when experiencing numbness or a disconnect.

 

Suicide Prevention

1. Know the warning signs:

  • Suddenly deteriorating school performance
  • Changes in school attendance
  • Talking about suicide and making suicide threats
  • Loss of interest in things they use to enjoy doing
  • An unusual interest in death or dying
  • Taking unnecessary risks
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Depression
  • Bullying (both the victim of bullying and the bully are at risk)
  • Change in friendships or withdrawing from friends and school activities
  • Mood swings or personality changes
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Increased use of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Giving away prized possessions  

2. Talk to your child:

  • Let your child know that you care
  • Do not be afraid to ask your child if they have or are thinking about suicide

3. Seek help:

Study Skills