What is physical abuse of a child?

Physical abuse of a child includes striking, kicking, burning, biting, hair pulling, choking, throwing, shoving, whipping or any other action that injures a child. Even if the caregiver didn’t mean to cause injury, when the child is injured it is abuse. Physical discipline from a parent that does not injure or impair a child is not considered abuse; however non-violent alternatives are always available.

Physical abuse can result in
  • bruises, blisters, burns, cuts and scratches
  • internal injuries, brain damage
  • broken bones, sprains, dislocated joints
  • emotional and psychological harm
  • lifelong injury, death

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