Physical abuse is any non-accidental act that results in physical injury to a child or adolescent. Physical abuse can result from physical punishment that goes too far or when a parent or caregiver lashes out in anger. There are many signs of physical abuse. Although there are cases where child abuse occurs outside the home, most often children are abused by a caregiver or someone they know, not a stranger.
Recognizing Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect
Abuse occurs in all types of relationships and among people with varying backgrounds of age, race, religion, financial status, sexual orientation and education. Child abuse includes physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse, as well as neglect. Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a community responsibility.
Experiencing an injury can be a traumatic event for children and adolescents as well as their parents and caregivers. While not all children experience long-term emotional problems related to injuries, there are some things to be aware of to help your child during recovery.
If you have, or know, a child who has been exposed to trauma, it’s important to seek out appropriate treatment and support. The most important thing parents and caregivers can do is believe a child when they come forward about abuse or witnessing violence.
You can do your part as an active bystander by responding appropriately to abuse. No matter the situation or who is involved, there are many resources available to victims and bystanders.
Children and adolescents do not have to be the victim of a violent crime to experience trauma. Learn how exposure to violence can affect our youth.
A primary care provider’s ability to identify and treat symptoms associated with trauma can increase positive outcomes for patients and families.
A significant portion of major trauma patients receive definitive care outside a level I or II trauma center, but currently proposed solutions may be impractical.
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