Warning Signs: Who Abuses Children?

Warning Signs: Who Abuses Children?

When we know the warning signs of potential abuse, we may be able to minimize or prevent abuse from happening.
“Warning sign” is really just another way of saying “opportunity for prevention” – a chance for caring adults to recognize a possible risk and to take action to protect children.
While everyone […]

What is Emotional Abuse?

What is Emotional Abuse?

Most States include emotional abuse or “mental injury” in their definitions of abuse or neglect because an action does not need to include force, physical contact or harm in order to be considered abusive.
Emotional abuse may include constant criticism, threats, or rejection, as well as withholding love, support, or guidance. This […]

What is Child Neglect?

What is Child Neglect?

While physical abuse tends to happen in specific instances or events, neglect tends to be more on-going.
Neglect often leaves no visible scars and therefore is more likely than physical abuse to go undetected. Furthermore, children may grow up believing that their circumstances are a normal way of life and therefore […]

What is Physical Abuse?

What is Physical Abuse?

Each State provides a definition for physical abuse. It is generally defined as “any nonaccidental physical injury to a child,” and can include:
 
Punching, beating, kicking, burning, biting, shaking, throwing, slapping, inappropriate restraint, stabbing, choking, hitting (with a hand, stick, strap, or other object), burning, misuse of medications or other […]

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